MFA in touch with Singaporeans affected by KL-Johor bus crash

SINGAPORE - The Singapore Consulate-General in Johor Bahru and officers from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) are in Muar, Johor to help Singaporeans affected by the bus crash that killed 14 this morning (Dec 24).

Two Singaporeans, Au Poi Kiew and Hamimah Mamo, were among those who died, according to a list of victims obtained by Bernama.

Six other Singaporeans - five men and one woman - were injured.

14 on KL-Johor bus die in Christmas Eve crash

  • Burial of Nur Hazimah Binte Mustafa, 21, together with her mother Faridah Binte Tamron (not in picture), 63.
  • More than 100 relatives of three Singaporean women who died gathered at the Choa Chu Kang Muslim cemetery.
  • About 70 of their relatives, including Madam Faridah's son and another daughter, gathered under a scorching sun at around 1pm.
  • Top to bottom: Hamimah Binte Mammu, Faridah Binte Tamron, Nur Hazimah Binte Mustafa.
  • Sons and relatives of Mdm Hamimah Binte Mammu praying after burial.
  • Sons and relatives of Mdm Hamimah Binte Mammu praying after burial.
  • Three schoolmates of Nur Hazimah Binte Mustafa who were there to pray for their departed friend.
  • 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.
  • Another victim was pronounced dead while receiving treatment at Sultanah Fatimah Specialist Hospital (HPSF) in Muar.
  • The incident took place at Kampung Jayo, Jalan Kangkar-Senangah, Pagoh near Muar at around 4am.
  • Johor Fire and Rescue Department deputy director Mohd Yusof Mohd Gunnos said the bus was heading to Kuala Lumpur from Johor Baru.
  • 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.
  • Mohd Yusof said initial investigation showed that the road surface was in good condition and it was not raining when the incident happened.
  • Family members of the victims at the Forensic Unit of Sultanah Fatimah Specialist Hospital in Muar.
  • 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.
  • The list of the dead victims at the Forensic Unit of Sultanah Fatimah Specialist hospital in Muar.
  • The list of the dead victims at the Forensic Unit of Sultanah Fatimah Specialist hospital in Muar.
  • The bodies of the bus driver and his child being loaded into the hearse.
  • The bodies of the bus driver and his child being loaded into the hearse.
  • Businessman Yusof Sabda, 54, cousin of Singaporean victim Ms Hamimah Mammu.
  • 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.
  • Body of Ms Au Poi Kiew being loaded onto the hearse.
  • Relatives of Ms Au Poi Kiew loading her body onto the hearse.
  • 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.
  • Mr Yusof, cousin of Ms Hamimah Mammu, waving at the hearse after the body of Ms Hamimah was loaded onto it.
  • Relatives of Ms Hamimah Mammu hugging after the body was loaded onto the hearse.
  • Entrance of Sultanah Fatimah Specialist Hospital in Muar.

The Consul-General is in close contact with the Johor authorities, the MFA said in a statement.

It added: "We are saddened by the tragic bus accident."

Most of the other victims are Malaysians and two are from Myanmar, while a deceased man and an injured woman have not been identified.

The Star reported that the driver, Zakeer Zubir, 32, and his baby daughter died at the scene.

Zakeer had brought his baby daughter and wife on board without informing the bus firm, The Star said.

Malaysian police also confirmed that he was speeding at the time of the crash.

List of passengers who died in the accident:

1. Au Poi Kiew (Singapore)

2. Hamimah Mamo (Singapore)

3. Norfazillah Abu Bakar (Malaysia)

4. Jasmine Kaur (Malaysia)

5. G. Pala (Malaysia)

6. V. Renugah (Malaysia)

7. Nur Amira Izzaty Mohd Razip (Malaysia)

8. Abdullah Hadi Yusof (Malaysia)

9. Wong Koh Chan (Malaysia)

10. Zakeer Zubir (Malaysia)

11. Nur Natasya Zahara Zakeer (Malaysia)

12. Nor Saidatul Akmal Idris (Malaysia)

13. Mohd Hisham Wahab (Malaysia)

14. Man (yet to be identified)

List of injured passengers:

1. Muhammmad Hilmi (Singapore)

2. Mustafa Yasin (Singapore)

3. Mohd Syed (Singapore)

4. Alifah Mohd Said (Singapore)

5. Govinda Raj (Singapore)

6. Muhammad Fitri (Singapore)

7. Muhamad Juhaify (Malaysia)

8. Muhammad Syafiq (Malaysia)

9. Mohamed Taufik (Malaysia)

10. Cyril Joseph (Malaysia)

11. R. Nagadevan (Malaysia)

12. Kesavan (Malaysia)

13. Muhammad Abdullah (Malaysia)

14. Ralza Uk (Myanmar)

15. Zaw Oo (Myanmar)

16. Woman (yet to be identified)

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