The collision involving two trains was caused by one of the trains travelling in the wrong direction.
PETALING JAYA: The government should consider setting up a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) to investigate the collision involving two trains on the Kelana Jaya LRT Line on Monday night, Transparency International Malaysia (TIM) said.
There were 213 passengers affected of which more than 60 were sent to hospital for treatment.
In a statement, TIM president Muhammad Mohan said independent experts and technical specialists should be brought in to probe the crash, with results shared with the public.
“This is to ensure that a thorough investigation is done to find out not only the root cause of this accident but to also identify what other peripheral issues, including if organisational failure was part of the problem,” he said.
Muhammad said there should be no compromises from the government with an issue that affects lives and safety.
“Those responsible for the incident must be held accountable, no matter how high they may be on the social or political ladder.”
He also called for any investigation report to be made available for all to read for the sake of transparency and accountability, and with the corrective measures to be taken also duly informed.
“Malaysians deserve to know what actually happened. Who is accountable, is the LRT safe, were there any shortcuts, abuse or cover-ups? These are the questions that need to be answered and presented to the public transparently.”
Transport minister Wee Ka Siong revealed yesterday that the collision between the trains was the result of one train, which was being driven manually and not carrying passengers, travelling in the wrong direction.
He also said a special task force had been set up to look into the matter, with their findings expected in two weeks.
As of yesterday evening, three people remained in semi-critical condition at Hospital Kuala Lumpur, having suffered injuries such as internal bleeding, broken bones and liver damage.