Johor bus crash: Bus operator's licence suspended

Johor bus crash: Bus operator's licence suspended
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The licence of the operator of the bus that crashed near the town of Muar in Johor, Malaysia, on Saturday morning has been suspended.

Malaysia's Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) said it had suspended the licence of Goldstar Express with immediate effect to facilitate investigations into the Alisan Golden Coach express bus crash that killed 14 people and left 16 injured, reported the New Straits Times.

"SPAD will not tolerate any violations of safety practices and sternly reminds express bus operators, that those found to have contravened safety requirements will have to face the full force of the law and regulations," said the commission.

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Mr Steven Chong, 52, a Goldstar Express representative, said his company would help the families with the costs of bringing the bodies of those killed in the crash back home, as well as help with insurance claims.

But he could not confirm whether the bus company would be providing any other compensation to the families of the crash victims.

When The New Paper visited the Alisan Golden Coach website yesterday evening, it showed no routes to or from Johor Baru.

It showed only ones heading north of Kuala Lumpur.

A team of 25 firemen from the Johor Fire and Rescue Department were deployed to the accident site after receiving a distress call at around 4am, The Star reported.

The department's deputy director Mohd Yusof Mohd Gunnos was quoted by The Star as saying that initial investigations showed the road surface was in good condition and it was not raining when the incident happened.

Muar police chief Azman Ayob said the bus had been travelling at a high speed during the incident.

He added the driver Zakeer Zubir had lost control of the vehicle before it plunged into the ravine.

The Star reported that Mr Zakeer did not buy tickets for his baby and his wife, who were seated at the place reserved for the co-driver.

Mr Zakeer and his baby daughter died in the incident.

Mr Zakeer's uncle, Mr Abdul Shukoor Abdul Rahim, 63, reportedly said his family wanted an explanation from the company as to on why Mr Zakeer did not have a co-driver.

The driver's mother, Madam Rasidah Abdul Rahim, 61, told reporters that he went to see her before driving off.

"He told me he was tired of the job and did not want to continue,"said Madam Rasidah.

"He couldn't take the strain and wanted to quit.

"Then he asked me to look after his two older daughters because he wanted his wife and baby to accompany him this time," she said.

Madam Rasidah said it was the first time he wanted his wife's company on a bus trip.

She said: "He said he was bored of the journey and needed his wife as a companion.

"They took the baby along because she was less than a year old."

14 on KL-Johor bus die in Christmas Eve crash

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    Burial of Nur Hazimah Binte Mustafa, 21, together with her mother Faridah Binte Tamron (not in picture), 63.

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    More than 100 relatives of three Singaporean women who died gathered at the Choa Chu Kang Muslim cemetery.

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    About 70 of their relatives, including Madam Faridah's son and another daughter, gathered under a scorching sun at around 1pm.

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    Top to bottom: Hamimah Binte Mammu, Faridah Binte Tamron, Nur Hazimah Binte Mustafa.

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    Sons and relatives of Mdm Hamimah Binte Mammu praying after burial.

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    Sons and relatives of Mdm Hamimah Binte Mammu praying after burial.

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    Three schoolmates of Nur Hazimah Binte Mustafa who were there to pray for their departed friend.

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    13 people including the bus driver were killed and 17 others injured when the express bus they were travelling in skidded and plunged off a 6.09m cliff in Muar, Johor on Dec 24, 2016.

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    Another victim was pronounced dead while receiving treatment at Sultanah Fatimah Specialist Hospital (HPSF) in Muar.

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    The incident took place at Kampung Jayo, Jalan Kangkar-Senangah, Pagoh near Muar at around 4am.

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    Johor Fire and Rescue Department deputy director Mohd Yusof Mohd Gunnos said the bus was heading to Kuala Lumpur from Johor Baru.

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    He said 25 firemen from the Muar, Bukit Gambit and Yong Peng stations were deployed to the location after receiving the distress call at around 4am.

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    Mohd Yusof said initial investigation showed that the road surface was in good condition and it was not raining when the incident happened.

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    Family members of the victims at the Forensic Unit of Sultanah Fatimah Specialist Hospital in Muar.

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    Family members of the bus accident victims waiting outside the ward of Sultanah Fatimah Specialist hospital in Muar at 8.51pm on Dec 24 2016.

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    The list of the dead victims at the Forensic Unit of Sultanah Fatimah Specialist hospital in Muar.

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    The list of the dead victims at the Forensic Unit of Sultanah Fatimah Specialist hospital in Muar.

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    The bodies of the bus driver and his child being loaded into the hearse.

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    The bodies of the bus driver and his child being loaded into the hearse.

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    Businessman Yusof Sabda, 54, cousin of Singaporean victim Ms Hamimah Mammu.

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    Mr Steven Chong, 52, a representative of the Goldstar Exprese bus company. He said his company would help the families with the costs of bringing back the body, as well as insurance claims, but could not yet confirm whether it would be providing any other compensation to the families.

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    Body of Ms Au Poi Kiew being loaded onto the hearse.

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    Relatives of Ms Au Poi Kiew loading her body onto the hearse.

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    Muhd Haikal Bin Syed, (right, walking out) 23, NSF, and Muhd Shamir Bin Syed, (wiping eye) 21, ITE student, both sons of Ms Hamimah Mammu after looking at the body of their mother.

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    Mr Yusof, cousin of Ms Hamimah Mammu, waving at the hearse after the body of Ms Hamimah was loaded onto it.

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    Relatives of Ms Hamimah Mammu hugging after the body was loaded onto the hearse.

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    Entrance of Sultanah Fatimah Specialist Hospital in Muar.

Checks by the Road Transport Department revealed that the driver had no outstanding summonses with the department, reported the New Straits Times.

Road Transport Department director general Nadzri Siron said checks showed that the driver had no offences recorded under the department.

"Based on our records, the driver's licence and public service vehicle licence are still valid," he said.

The vehicle has also undergone inspection at Puspakom.

Muar police are investigating the crash.

rloh@sph.com.sg

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This article was first published on Dec 26, 2016.
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