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Friday August 23, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Friday August 23, 2013 MYT 9:30:03 AM
GENTING HIGHLANDS: Search and rescue personnel gently picked up two severed legs as they scoured the ravine where the ill-fated bus landed in their final rounds of operations.
The determined group initiated day two of the search at 9.45am yesterday after some relatives claimed they could not contact their loved ones who were on the bus.
The personnel from the Police General Operations Force and the Fire and Rescue Department found no other survivors or bodies and called off the search at 11.30am.
Bentong OCPD Supt Mohd Mansor Mohd Nor said that after the search, police then conducted operations to retrieve valuables and documents to identify the dead and would take statements from the survivors.
The case is being investigated under Section 41(1) of the Road Transport Act 1987 for reckless driving.
In Kuantan, Pahang police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Sharifuddin Abdul Ghani said police would visit the bus company based in Kuala Lumpur to record a statement from the operator and check the driver’s background to see whether he had any pending traffic summonses.
In Kuala Lumpur, acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein reitirated that they would “leave no stone unturned” to determine the cause of the accident.
Hishammuddin told reporters at Hospital Kuala Lumpur that the results of the investigation would be made public.
He said an independent group would be set up under the ministry to coordinate investigations by all its agencies and it would be chaired by National Road Safety Council member Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye.
Land Public Transport Commission chairman Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar dismissed the notion that the bus had been overloaded.
“According to the stage bus licence issued to the operator, the capacity of the bus is 45 seated passengers and 20 standing. So, based on the licence requirements, the bus was not overloaded,” he said.
At Selayang Hospital, Women, Family and Community Develop-ment Minister Datuk Rohani Abdul Karim said the Malaysian survivors would be given RM500 financial assistance while RM1,000 would be handed out to the families of Malay-sians who died in the accident.
In a press statement, Lee said those involved in the transport and leisure industries should look at whether bus drivers were overworked and underpaid, with some needing to take drugs to have the strength to make more trips so they could earn more.
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