KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Transportation Safety Board is to be set up after studying the models of advanced countries like the United States, Britain and Japan.
“We are working on formulating the organisational structure of the proposed MTSB, with our experts studying the models of safety boards in developed countries,” said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.
The MTSB would reportedly be tasked with improving road, land and sea safety, as well as coordinate the jurisdiction of the agencies within the ministry.
Liow was responding to calls for his ministry to act on the 44-page report of the Independent Advisory Panel on the Genting Highlands bus crash on Aug 21 last year, which contained 51 recommendations.
He met panel chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye and other members to “grasp details of the recommendations” after he took over from Datuk Seri Hishamuddin Hussein in June.
Liow said the follow up on the recommendations was being done simultaneously with work on implementing the MTSB.
“I recognise the remarkable effort by my predecessor, the Independent Advisory Panel and Miros (the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research) in pushing and addressing road safety issues.
“Nevertheless, I must acknowledge that some of the recommendations require a longer period of time to be addressed due to their complexity,” Liow said in an e-mail.
Meanwhile, a visit by The Star to the site of the crash at KM3.6 of Jalan Genting found several improvements to make the hilly road safer.
A second concrete barrier has been installed around the sharp bend overlooking the 60m ravine, with bright yellow warning and direction signs placed for motorists navigating the slope.
A speed hump has been placed about 50m before the bend, with signage to alert road users.
The emergency escape ramp near the bend, once overgrown with shrubs and inaccessible to motorists, has been overhauled with a red sign.
Up at the resort, the management provides free shuttle bus service for visitors to the new station after closing the old one for renovations for the new theme park.
Checks on the shuttle and other coach buses plying the Genting route showed all of them equipped with seat belts.
Genting Malaysia Berhad said more work would be done to improve the safety of its road and buses travelling to and from the resort under the Genting Integrated Tourism Plan.