Bus operator company under scrutiny after Sepang crash

The factory bus which plunged into a monsoon drain near the MASKargo complex in Sepang. (Bernama pic)

SERDANG: The Road Transport Department (JPJ) and the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (Miros) have been directed to conduct an investigation into bus company CJ Global Travel and Tours Sdn Bhd after one of its buses was involved in an accident which killed 12 people yesterday.

Transport Minister Loke Siew Fook said a safety audit investigation would begin on Tuesday.

“JPJ and Miros will go to the bus operator company with the address in Bandar Baru Nilai, Negeri Sembilan, for further investigations.

“I will get a report early tomorrow (Tuesday) while an analysis of the investigations will be made by JPJ to see if they (the bus operator company) contravened any road safety laws or others,” he told reporters in a press conference at the Serdang Hospital Emergency Unit here.

He said the bus operator company had not been suspended yet as they were still waiting for the findings of the report.

“If the bus operator company is found to have broken any road safety regulations, it is possible that its operating licence will be suspended,” he said.

Loke also said the company had nine licences, for five factory buses and four tour buses.

“My ministry views this accident seriously and it is very saddening. The employers of the foreign workers who were affected must be responsible for sending back their bodies to their countries.

“I was also told that the embassies of the relevant countries have been contacted to inform them of the latest development,” he said.

On the condition of those still being treated in hospital, Loke said some of the victims remained in critical condition while another was awaiting surgery.

In the accident, a factory bus plunged into a monsoon drain near the MASKargo complex in Sepang, killing nine people including the bus driver S Suresh, 43, at the scene.

Two more died while undergoing treatment at the Serdang and Putrajaya hospitals, while an Indonesian woman died yesterday afternoon, bringing the number of fatalities to 12.

Early investigations by the police found that the factory bus was carrying 43 MASKargo contract workers who were travelling to their workplace from their hostel in Nilai, Negeri Sembilan, and were due to begin their shift at midnight.