Bukit Gantang carnage – Kong Choy pointing finger of blame at everybody except himself

Transport Minister, Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy is pointing the finger of blame at everybody for the latest Bukit Gantang road carnage which killed 20 and injured nine except himself — when such horror road fatalities are not supposed to happen after the Kuala Lipis bus crash which claimed 14 lives and injured 26 people 45 months ago.

The Kuala Lipis road carnage happened in the first month of the premiership of Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi on 31st November 2003 and was the cause of a national hue-and-cry starting from the Prime Minister who demanded action by Chan to ensure that such tragedies do not recur.

Since then, there had not only been the road carnage at Km229 of the North-South Expressway near Bukit Gantang on Monday, but also the Nibong Tebal bus crash in July last year which left 11 dead and 35 injured among those on their way to the St. Anne’s Feast in Bukit Mertajam.

During the nation-wide hullabaloo led by the Transport Minister over the Kuala Lipis road carnage 45 months ago, I had warned the Prime Minister that his administration must learn from the expensive lessons of the past as to why the country had failed to end the road carnage on Malaysian roads which had wrought such great emotional and socio-economic havoc in terms of loss of human lives and economic costs to the community for the past 13 years.

I had expressed fears that “the latest bout of high-profile government and public concern about the high traffic accident rate and fatalities would not be another short-lived but quickly-forgotten “wonder” as had happened many times since 1990.

After the gruesome Karak Highway accident in 1990 which killed 17 people, a Cabinet Committee on Road Safety was formed with the specific target of reducing road fatalities by 30 per cent by the year 2000 based on 1989 figures.

However, the Cabinet Committee on Road Safety not only failed to meet its target of reducing road fatalities by 30 per cent by 2000 based on 1989 figures, the number of road fatalities sharply increased year after year and at one stage, reached 67 per cent higher than the 1989 fatalities instead of cutting it down by 30 per cent!

In 1989, the number of road fatalities stood at an all-time high of 3,773. If the Cabinet Committee on Road Safety had been on target, road fatalities would have progressively fallen until it was fully reduced to 30 per cent of the figure, or not more than 2,641 deaths, by 2,000. Instead, road fatalities increased by leaps and bounds in the 13 years since the establishment of the Cabinet Committee on Road Safety to cut down the death fatalities, registering 6,304 fatalities for 1996.

The total number of traffic fatalities since the establishment of the Cabinet Committee on Road Safety to reduce traffic accidents and fatalities in the 13 years from 1990 to 2002 was a most shocking toll of 70,749 human lives, while the number of injured totalled 537,689.

It is clear that among the root causes for the failure of the Cabinet Committee on Road Safety and the ever-worsening road carnage from 1990 to 2002 resulting in 70,000 avoidable deaths, over half a million injured and over RM70 billion economic losses to the country in the past 13 years were the double lack of political will and Ministerial accountability to end the avoidable road carnage on the roads.

There has been no change of this shocking scenario under the premiership of Abdullah — the abysmal double lack of political will and Ministerial accountability to end the avoidable road carnage on the roads.

This is why last year alone, there were 6,400 fatalities and about 300,000 accidents.

Since the Bukit Gantang carnage on Monday, the Transport Minister had been pointing the finger of blame at everybody except himself and the top government officials concerned.

At first, the public were told that the bus driver had two warrants of arrest against him and 13 outstanding summonses and that the bus company didn’t have a permit to ply the Johor Baru-Alor Star route. Then it was reported that the driver had “flouted almost every traffic rule” with checks revealing that the traffic summons issued to him could be more, with at least 39 other summons issued to three vehicles driven by him.

After the Kuala Lipis tragedy of Nov. 30, 2003, the Nibong Tebal and Bukit Gantang road carnages are not supposed to take place, if preventive measures outlined 45 months ago had been taken seriously by all relevant parties concerned, including by the Transport Minister regularly checking on the implementation of these measures.

There is no shortage of solutions to end the road carnage, only shortage of political will and accountability to enforce them.

A public inquiry must be held into the Bukit Gantang road carnage to inquire why the lessons from the Kuala Lipis bus crash which claimed 14 lives 45 months ago had not been learnt and for a public accounting of the authorities and individuals who must bear responsibility.

At present, Chan is pointing finger of blame at everyone except himself and the top public officials responsible for road safety — when everybody knows that he has lost all credibility, authority and legitimacy for this role for his Ministerial failings in the past 45 months.

He has made a shocking announcement of a new ruling after the Bukit Gantang carnage — the grounding of the entire fleet of buses when there is one fatal accident.

Is this a feasible and realistic solution or just a knee-jerk reaction, or worse, a proposal which is so outrageous that there would be another nation-wide uproar which would completely distract public attention from the responsibility and accountability of the Transport Minister and the top government officials for the continuing road carnage?

If one fatal accident and the entire fleet of buses will be grounded, is Chan prepared to also accept that one major road carnage like the Bukit Gantang tragedy and the Transport Minister submits his resignation?

  1. #1 by Billy on Thursday, 16 August 2007 - 9:17 am

    There was a report over Al-Jazeera yesterday that a worker from China hung himself in the company’s store room when it was discovered that the Barbie Doll his company was licensed to produce by Mattel, was laced with lead. In terms of accountability, the Japanese would commit hara kiri or sepuku and the Koreans no less have known to hang themselves should they bring shame to their organisations, country or families. What about our BN leaders? They carry on, whistling in the air, as though everything is fine and dandy. The only thing they are good at is scapegoating everyone except themselves. Don’t these people know they are bringing shame to our nation, and yet they have the audacity to arm-bend Namewee and his family to apologise. When they look at the mirror every morning, I wonder who they see infront of them.

  2. #2 by lakshy on Thursday, 16 August 2007 - 9:34 am

    Go ahead! I wonder how they intend to ground the whole fleet when an accident happens (as it WILL!) during the Hari Raya Holidays and the exodus that follows such major festivals!

    How is he going to answer to ticket holding rakyat when he tells them that the fleet of busses have to be grounded?

    Come on lah! Think things through before you talk big! I cant bellieve the best idea the Cabinet could come up with is this!

    This basically shows the will is weak. They dont want to do anything, except make a lot of noise and divert attention away from other issues such as the LPK land case.

  3. #3 by Toyol on Thursday, 16 August 2007 - 9:35 am

    This goes to show that BN is not working for the people in true sincere fashion. No use announcing steps to do this and that knowing very well that after a few weeks the same thing is going to happen again. If the Transport Minister has any conscience or regret, he should indeed step down and let someone else more capable take over.

    Secondly, ACA should step in and investigate why the bus company could ply routes which it was not entitled to in the first place. many questions stem from this tragedy. Who shall answer the victims families and explain to them?

    The victims should sue the Transport Ministry, Police Dept and the Government collectively for negligence resulting in the accident. ACA should step in to investigate the parties involved for corruption. The PM should demand proper explanation from the Transport Minister why so many tragedies are happening. There are plenty of should but in Malaysia, at the end of the day, nothing will happen. More lives will be lost. This is the effect of having mediocre leaders.

  4. #4 by k1980 on Thursday, 16 August 2007 - 9:46 am

    It was not a worker from China who hanged himself when it was discovered that the Barbie Dolls his company was licensed to produce by Mattel, was laced with lead. It was the boss himself.

    But what about the boss of the bus company who killed 19 passengers, and the big boss in charge of transportation in the country, plus all his directors and deputies? They will never hang themselves for the simple reason they do not feel responsible for the 19 deaths. To them, it was just an act of God and they do not control God.

  5. #5 by justiciary on Thursday, 16 August 2007 - 10:26 am

    These days many of us live in fear for our safety.When you drive,you may be robbed of your belongings including the car you are driving.But if you consider security as your priority in opting for public transport,you may make the costliest choice for you may lose your life in an accident like the one happened near Bukit Gantang,Perak.It is high time the two relevant ministries wake up and do your work.

  6. #6 by ENDANGERED HORNBILL on Thursday, 16 August 2007 - 11:37 am

    All talk and no play makes Chan Kong Choy a dull boy.

    So, for Chan Kong Choy, it’s all talk and plenty of play, play. He thinks life is a comedy a’la Phua Chu Kang whose ‘don’t play, play’ is nothing more than a string of jokes, except that in Kong Choy’s case – the jokes are really BAD and BRUISING.

  7. #7 by Godfather on Thursday, 16 August 2007 - 11:45 am

    Everything also “boleh” in Bolehland. This is the ultimate capitalist society where everything has a price. Can’t find this in America.

    Workers can come and go, security guards can be of any nationality, bus and limo drivers can have unsettled summonses, politicians can have bankruptcy records, undischarged bankrupts can borrow money and sit on company boards, MPs can live beyond their means, police and prosecutors can mess up their investigations.

    “We are not in the business of cheating the people.” AAB, 2006.

  8. #8 by digard on Thursday, 16 August 2007 - 11:48 am

    It is getting so boring, doesn’t it? Loss of life here, 4.6 billion wasted there, the PM has stated to ‘look into this’, and it has been looked into, all of that. Permits have been issued, senior ministers rebuked – and found clean. No change, absolutely no solution. Proton suffers, MAS effectively makes hundreds of millions of losses per quarter, hidden behind inventive accounting, crime on the rise, tertiary education getting worse by the week through more and more direct rule by the uninspiring MoHE.

    I am looking forward to history and sociology. There will be a huge field to work after the collapse: to research why a principally democratic country could spiral down. Why the stake-holders just let happen whatever the government permitted and encouraged to happen.
    As far as I can make out, this has not been the case often before. Iraq, Sudan, Zimbabwe, Nazi-Germany, USSR, Myanmar and many more did not allow dissent, not at all. This country does allow opposition; just see this blog.
    Can there be something like a communal or collective wish for self-destruction?
    My own observations point to another hypothesis, but we’re not in a group on sociology; and it would take much too long to detail it here. And maybe I am wrong.
    Still, we might take a rest and look around.
    Please, help me out if you have a clue how all of this is allowed to happen around us; with the citizens standing by, and seemingly don’t care to watch the preparation of their own drowning.
    Don’t say ‘race’ or ‘religion’ or ‘business’. It must be something much deeper, much more subconscious.

  9. #9 by AhPek on Thursday, 16 August 2007 - 12:05 pm

    It is the usual story.After the event they have a lot to say —you can even detect a tinge of smugness in Chan Kong Choy’s face as he triumphantly go about nailing the fault to the bus driver and bus company in trying very hard to look good in the eyes of the public.Notice that it is always after the event that these people will have plenty to say and point fingers at others. He has forgotten that the bus driver and the bus company has bad records before this disaster ie before the event.This disaster is caused by the Commercial Vehicles Licensing Board for failing to implement the rule Chan KOng Choy and no body else!!Period
    But Chan Kong Choy wants to look good.After all all the other ministers are doing the same Semi Value, Azlina,Rafidah and you can go on and on.So why should anyone of us expect them to resign or do a harikiri.Simple reason is they don’t even have any
    sense of shame!!

  10. #10 by malaysia born on Thursday, 16 August 2007 - 12:07 pm

    The sad part is that those 20 so passengers (victims, actually) will all had died in vain. There will be more of such drivers on the road, thus resulting in more horrific accidents. Then again, there will be more talk and tough words from the Ministers and authorities.

    Grounding the entire fleet is commendable but the question is ‘Why AFTER an accident?”. If there had been strict and regular enforcement, these people would have had become proud Malaysians celebrating our 50th Merdeka. But instead….?

    The key word here is ENFORCEMENT.

    But we all know that in Malaysia, Money talks and bull-shit walks.

    So to those of you people who think that corruption is none of your business or that corruption does not concern you or the way that the government is being run does not bother you, please change your thinking.

    For all you know, your loved ones or your relatives might be the next victim.

    The other party to share the blame are the bus companies. Too many times, we bear the burden of raised fares with no corresponding improvement in service. I find it appalling that drivers are willing to work long hours without any basic salary and for a measly commission of rm20 per trip!

    The awareness level of workers rights are just pathetic. Is it any wonder that we treat May 1st as just another public holiday? Where are the workers unions? Seems like not only the PM is sleeping, everyone else is too….are they in the same bed too?

  11. #11 by Libra2 on Thursday, 16 August 2007 - 12:08 pm

    I took the bus in Japan on several occasions and I can assure you their system is entirely from another world!
    1. The bus drivers are dressed in a smart uniform complete with a tie and cap.
    2. The bus travels at a set cruising speed and when I questioned a local friend as to why the bus was slow, she replied that the bus was NOT supposed to arrive at the destination before a set time. An earlier arrival would indicate that the driver had been speeding and he would have to answer for it.
    3. I was told the buses were also installed with a black box which is checked at the end of the journey. The travelling speed of the bus would be recorded in it and the driver would be penalised if he had exceeded the speed limit.
    4. At every bus stop one can see the bus schedule which shows the time of the bus arrival. The bus is always punctual. Remarkable!!!
    Now, compare this what we have in our country.
    All MCA mInisters who have been sitting on this post has done nothing to improve the system, thus so many deaths.
    They promise heaven and earth after a tragedy occurs and then go off the sleep. As usual The Star will give them front page PRO treatment as though they have discovered the best systems in the world.

  12. #12 by khch01 on Thursday, 16 August 2007 - 12:42 pm

    The problem started when the driver dozed off and the co-driver slept soundly on the rear row of the seats. Are they no rules regulations for the drivers and co-driver?
    For example ;
    1. they must not drive for more than say, 10 hours a day
    2. every 2 hours continuous driving must have at least a break of 15 minutes
    3. the co-driver can only take a nap in the front seat next to the driver.
    4. the behavior of the drivers or the pattern of the driving are to be recorded in the CD for the entire journey.
    5. The recorded CD are to submitted to the Management for inspection.
    6. The recorded CD will record the total distance of the journey travelled, the distance between each breaks and the respective time taken. It would tell how fast the drivers are driving.
    7. If the drivers breach the rules and regulation set up by the management, the management should sack the drivers after serving reminders / warnings.
    8. If the Management did not sack the drivers say, after 3 warning, the management shall be liable for the consequence of the drivers.
    9. The Government shall approve the management’s rules and regulations for example a driver having three summons per year must be suspended.
    10. The rule and regulation must be implemented nationwide.

    Of course accidents could still happen, we shall look at it at different angles. No point to ground the entire fleet just b’cos of one accident and hold the management liable when monitoring the drivers are also the Government responsibility.

  13. #13 by Counterpoint on Thursday, 16 August 2007 - 1:27 pm

    Just about totally fed up with the reactive and never proacive nature of this incompetent and corrupted bunch of gomen’s executives. If Chan Kong Choy had been more proactive in enforcing already existing rules, those people may never had died. This fella is a total disgrace to a 50 year old Malaysia.

  14. #14 by Jonny on Thursday, 16 August 2007 - 1:46 pm

    Chan will emerge alright. Don’t worry about him too much.

    The top leaders are holding each other’s balls. If one were to fall, the other will squeeze harder the other parties.

    All are hold at ransom. Domino’s effect.

    Imagine, Chan is to resign because of this? How much loss of investment made to secure current position, post and loss of future income?

    Of course, taikor shall take care of him. Reason, of the Klang port scandal which is now conveniently shelved aside by the media.

    If Chan is to go, all worms from the can will come out la.

    Conclusion? It is God’s will.

    Chan shall turn out OK. No worries for him.

  15. #15 by sotong on Thursday, 16 August 2007 - 2:06 pm

    Just resign and apologise to the ordinary people for neglect and incompetent…..we are talking about many lives lost and their family members who relied on them for financial and emotional support.

  16. #16 by smeagroo on Thursday, 16 August 2007 - 2:28 pm


    2months waiting for approval by cabinet and “suddenly” accident happened? HAHAHAHA!

    Not when the cabinet can “efficiently” and “speedily approved BAIL-OUT for PKFZ.

    Looks like for these cabinet fellas certain things can wait…like ur life and mine.

  17. #17 by BobSam on Thursday, 16 August 2007 - 2:29 pm

    Can I ask you for a favor?

    Can you borrow/rent/hire a bus, drive down the North-South highway?

    Every few miles, you will come across a section where the road has been joined or repaired. Now if you dont slow down on time, your bus will “yo-yo” and can even loose control if the driver was not sufficiently alert to slow down the bus.

    The issue here is that our “HIGHWAY’s” are not safe. Neither are our roads.
    So yes, it can be viewed that the Minster of Transport is in error, but the rot has been there for the longest time.

    Then there is the issue that the particular bas (“Chassis”) could have been misused, a larger bus built on a smaller bus’s platform.

    Kindly investigate.

  18. #18 by lakshy on Thursday, 16 August 2007 - 2:58 pm

    What do you mean resign and apologize? Get prosecuted! The victims families should take the Minister of Transport to Court and hold him liable for all the inefficiencies in the system.

    Whats the point in having laws and not enforcing them? We are paying our taxes for this.

    And by the way, since the police fall under the Home Minister, prosecute him too!

    Sheer Negligence. Take the IGP to court too! Laws not enforced, robberies and rapes rampant, people afraid to go out. Why are we paying our taxes? We are worse off than we were 5 years ago!

    No alarm bells rang anywhere when Singapore sent a message about high crime rate in JB. Now its high everywhere!

  19. #19 by rhematek on Thursday, 16 August 2007 - 3:22 pm

    ” Our road system are good…its human errors that causes the fatality” as quoted by our PM in the newspaper . Its true. Its the HUMAN ERROR BY HIS CABINET MINISTER, THE JPJ, THE POLICE AND ACA for failing to check as why the bus company still allows the grim reaper to drive the bus. How do we wish that its one of their relative that was on the bus so they can feel the anger and hurt causes by their negligent and corrupt practise. What a corrupted nation to begin with!!!!

  20. #20 by k1980 on Thursday, 16 August 2007 - 3:27 pm

    Well said and how true— it’s human error that caused him to be appointed pm

  21. #21 by Godfather on Thursday, 16 August 2007 - 3:31 pm

    No alarm bells rang when LKY called JB a “crime-infested town.” Instead Barisan roundly condemned LKY for interfering with Bolehland with his “unfounded” comments.

    What the Singaporeans now know of Bolehland:

    1. Crime is out of control and criminals are seldom caught, and if they do get caught, the police and the prosecutors routinely get the cases thrown out of court.

    2. Licences are a way for the enforcers to make extra money so anything that starts with “impossible” can be made “possible”.

    3. There is no shortage of workers because any shortage can be “fixed” with imports of foreign labour.

    4. If there are problems with public facilities, Semi Value can fix them for a price.

    5. What the prime minister says is not followed by the rest of the cabinet. In fact, Bolehland has the most “independent” cabinet of any government in the developing world.

    And the clowns on Level 4 still think that Harry will invest heavily in the IDR ?

  22. #22 by negarawan on Thursday, 16 August 2007 - 3:50 pm

    CKC should resign. He is not even aware of what is actually happening on the ground. Try buying a bus ticket at Pudu Raya, and there is just so much fraud going on there. You may buy a ticket for a certain bus company, they will issue you a ticket and tell you to board the bus at a certain platform number. The bus waiting at the platform actually belongs to another bus company and is of a lower grade and poorly maintained. The bus will move as soon as it is full. Cases of “bas sapu” is so rampant and this effects the safety of passengers.

  23. #23 by Bobster on Thursday, 16 August 2007 - 4:46 pm

    Transport Ministry, Police, JPJ all sleeping!

    How can a hardcore traffic offender be allowed on the road! If CKC cannot answer, his boss ie PM has to be answerable to the public on his behalf! Period!

    Very simple, just look at the heavy vehicles and buses on the major highways. Speed limit 90kmph. Mostly going 120-130kmph some even 140kmph! Till today still happening. 19 victims died for nothing, PM blamed on the public. Where is the law to stop these irresponsible drivers? Rules are there but all talk no action. Going after public for small mistakes. What happen to the black box which is supposed to limit the speed, who pocketed the profit and disappeared? Don’t tell me the *^*&! formal transport minister!
    Putra LRT another time bomb waiting to explode. Massive crowd at the interchange stations like KL Sentral and KLCC. Train company unable to cope due to inefficiency and lousy management. Just need one small incident and there will be national tragedy. Train with only two miserable coaches traveling to KLCC. The company either sleeping and no forward planning unable to cope with the passenger growth. Not surprise they have zero preparation for emergency. I was once at the KL Sentral Monorail station, escalator kept moving, crowd jam right to the escalator, touch wood nobody fell off from the escalator. Where were the guards? They were there but sleeping!

    What to do in this Bolehland. Sent my complaint to The Star about Monorail and LRT content also kena edited/censored. Try Bangkok MRT you be ashamed of our poor LRT, Monorail, KTM! No need to compare with Spore, way way behind.

  24. #24 by fail2think on Thursday, 16 August 2007 - 5:13 pm

    Ladies and gentlemen. Cabinet has to prioritize lah. Not every decision and law/act can be tabled and resolved at the parliment sitting at one go. I’m sure YB Lim here will agree.

    So what are the factors used by cabinet to prioritize the urgency and importancy of matters… Taa daa….

    a) Who is at stake?
    If it’s our fellow BN (UMNO, MCA, Gerakan, MIC, followed by others) koncu’s interest, image and $$$, then it’s top priority. Then, we give the family members, relatives, and employees second. Subsequently, only if there’s time comes the rakyat’s interest. (Opposition members are not classified as rakyat.. So don’t even bother prioritizing their issues raised). So, that explains why so many things YB Lim raised and suggested has not been heeded.

    b) Monies or Lives?
    This is rather tricky. It depends on value. RM4billion tied with a dozen of BN koncu is higher in value than say RM4billion tied with 10million lives of ordinary unconnected rakyat. So, this explains why and how rakyat’s EPF and taxes are being spent (or invested so they say).

    c) Race and Purchasing Power
    Yes, this is kinda sensitive. The Cabinet has to classified us. Bumis – 1st class, Chinese – 2nd class, Indians – 3rd class, Lain-lain 4th class. The criterion used for classifying these classes are based upon their strength in deciding the ruling government/cabinet. So, this explains why issues raised by an upper class rakyat is given more priority than the lower when it comes to decision making.

    All of us spoke much about this recent tragedy. We are merely reinforcing certain facts here amongst ourselves.

    If this bus tragedy is to have happened on a bus ferrying 14 family members and relatives of our Transport Minister, PUSPAKOM Pengarah, JPJ Pengarah, IGP and even the PM… then it will turn out to be a different story, right? Of course, this has a 0.01% chance of happening because who uses the public express buses services?

    Same thing lah…. Why Penang fellas still facing problem with public bus service? Answer… because the CM and his koncus don’t use them everyday to work. They got drivers to ferry them in their Proton Perdana ‘limousine’ (to say the least).

    So, ladies and gentlemen. Our government will not give their top priority for the mentioned tragedy here because it doesn’t fulfill the factors (a), (b) and (c) are describe above. We can harp on it till the “Angkasawans come home” (no use cows here, Malaysia now gemilang).

    If we feel the present government is not serving (or shall I say acting) to your expectations, then it’s time we use YB Lim’s blog to discuss on constructive and progressive ideas and workable actions to ensure we have a reputable government when we have the chance to do so, in the coming election.

    YB Lim, may I give a humble opinion? You should start a certain topic or forum here to compile not just expressions of feelings, but more concrete feedbacks for your use and DAPs (or even other opposition parties) to strategize and plan…. I’m sure a majority of us here would love to put our words into action for a better Malaysia.

  25. #25 by mendela on Thursday, 16 August 2007 - 5:33 pm

    To side track a bit. Let me talk about our traffic lights.

    1. In other countries, when traffic lights are down, normally the light will flash continuosly in yellow to warn drivers that trafic lights are out. In Malaysia, when our trafic light are down, it means totally dead!
    Result: many accidents occur when traffic lights are out of order.

    2. The timing of traffic light must be programmed to allow longer duration on green light for the road that has more trafic; in Malaysia, I have seen many traffic lights not programmed according to traffic volume at all. This result in unneeded long wait and inefficiencies.

  26. #26 by i_love_malaysia on Thursday, 16 August 2007 - 5:34 pm

    CKC is not telling the truth openly which he should have. Why? because the truth is he just cant get the people below him to move if he had ever tried. Why? the top people want to get ton of money and the people below all just want to get easy money. So, who is working?

  27. #27 by perbert82 on Thursday, 16 August 2007 - 5:58 pm

    If my memory serves me correct, long long time ago, the goverment make it compulsory for all heavy vehicles and buses to install “BLACK BOXES”

    Black boxes were meant to be periodically check by JPJ and the police to ensure that no heavy vehicles breaks the 90km/h speed limit. May i know what happened to this initiative?

    Let me give you my personal experiece as i use to travel from North to South on night express buses. For the first 3 months of implementation, the Black Box was a nuisance, it beeps everytime the driver speeds above 90km/h. It’s red light will flash on the dashboard as well

    The next 3 months, The “Beep sound” went away but the red light warning will flash every time the driver exceeds 90km/h.

    The next 3 months, both beep and light dissappear. it was as if the black box initiative was never implemented before.

    So what happened to the “BLACK BOX”? Where were the reinforcements? Where were the maintenance? Where did the agents who sold the black boxes dissappear to?

    Should we pull these agents out for selling a device thats so proudly proclaimed as tamper proved….but proved to be a useless device out to make a clean profit from the goverment and the bus operators??

    Was it just another way for government cronies to make money from?

  28. #28 by smeagroo on Thursday, 16 August 2007 - 6:05 pm


    Pls pressure tok kok king Chan Kong Choy to move in hard on errant motorists who use emergency lanes and motorcyclists who use the highways instead of dedicated bike lanes. This is gettng out of hand.

    Also what happened to RTD promise to BAN and SUMMON those who use XENON lights and heavily tinted vehicles?

    All tok only la. Bought an equipment worth how much to catch those with heavily tinted windows?

    No wonder we are a lawless state.

  29. #29 by LittleBird on Thursday, 16 August 2007 - 6:28 pm

    The bad bus drivers just rotate among different bus companies. THe problem is no enforcement or the object of enforcement is misplaced. Everyday I can see buses recklessly overtaking and stopping as they wish while racing to beat the traffic lights/policeman form Jln Ampang/Sultan Ismail junction right until Jalan Bandar.

    All these years not a single bus was stopped by policeman so how to educate the drivers to drive responsibily. It seems everyone forget that the purpose of laws (JPJ, Police CVLB) is to make drivers to be responsible and not to simply issuing summonses.

    Until government get this right drivers only think that if ever they get summon is because of bad luck.

  30. #30 by ihavesomethingtosay on Thursday, 16 August 2007 - 8:08 pm

    Kang-kong, a vegetable enjoy by Malaysians, hollow stalk with air, can be stir fried with garlic or chili paste.

    “empty, hollow inside this idiot.”

  31. #31 by wtf2 on Thursday, 16 August 2007 - 11:04 pm

    Not only CKC must go – in fact the entire upper echelon of the bodowi gomen must go. Disaster after disaster and diatribes of “saya tak tau”

    Malaysia number one! Number one guy breaks the record for the number of “tak tau” and holidays taken for PMs !!!

  32. #32 by cg on Thursday, 16 August 2007 - 11:47 pm

    My own experience taking a bus on a North South High Way. The bus is swinging from the left to the right and right to the left slowly on the highway. Why? Bus driver is sleepy. So all the people on board dare not complain when the break at the rest house was much longer than usual, because we’d rather be late than be sorry.

    I’m lucky that I’m still alive until today…

  33. #33 by ihavesomethingtosay on Friday, 17 August 2007 - 1:48 am

    Pee Am asleep and is hardly ever around,
    Samy blames God, and Mother Nature,
    Chan points finger at everyone but forgot 4 fingers pointing back at him.

    this present gomen must be replace, replace with oppositions, let them crooks be on the other side of the fence for once, and see if they learn anything decent and learn humility.

  34. #34 by shortie kiasu on Friday, 17 August 2007 - 8:27 pm

    That again shows the quality, calibre and mentality of Malaysian Ministers. It is expected of them. No surprises. People are immuned.

  35. #35 by fido on Sunday, 19 August 2007 - 8:41 am

    Come on, wake up, you can’t even do any thing right like solving the us and taxi problem for god knows how many years, how do you expect to implement the seat belts for all passengers?

    Btw, have you seen how many passengers they load in some cars? Not to mention those who have their baby sitting on the steering wheel while driving!! Really a bunch of idiots!

    For the cops and JPJ, stop wasting your time catching small little problems like minor speeding, tint etc, when there are so many other big problem like beating traffic lights, dangerous driving, overloading etc.

  36. #36 by fido on Sunday, 19 August 2007 - 8:57 am

    A few more busses involved in accidents as we speak! How are we going to proote tourism and get tourist to use our roads on our rickety busses with don’t care less drivers and bus companies??

    Stop wasting taxpayers $$$ to promote tourism, fix the very basic fundamental problems first, like toilets, public transport, public structures, crime rate etc.

  37. #37 by kimpossible on Sunday, 19 August 2007 - 6:15 pm

    Do you think the resposible ministers are concerned? They and their family members don’t travel by bus. As usual, this is the Bolehland, after every event, all sort of enforcement are discussed. Would it make any difference? It’s just exactly like our education system, we have all the politicians meddling in the issues. The school syllabus is always changing according to the whims and fancy of these politicians. Why is that so? Do they really understand the consequences on our future generation? Obviously not, because their children attends International school. If they truly believe in the systems that they have set, they should put their children in the public schools. Strange, how things works in this Bolehland but it’s true.

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