KUANTAN: All school buses in Pahang will undergo safety checks with the support of vehicle inspection body Puspakom, before the new school year begins, said Pahang police chief Datuk Abd Jalil Hassan.
“We will call all school bus operators and check their vehicles to ensure they are safe enough to transport students, ” he said.
Abd Jalil said it was also aimed at preventing situations such as the incident in July this year in Machang, Kelantan when a Year Six pupil from SK Tok Bok died on the spot after he fell through the floorboard of his moving school bus.
The police chief said this after receiving a courtesy call from Malaysia Crime Prevention Foundation whose delegation included senior vice-chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye.
On another matter, Abd Jalil said as part of its back-to-school programme, the police through its school liaison officers, will organise briefings at all schools on matters such as safety, cooperating with the police and how to prevent students from falling prey to drug addiction.
Lee said the visit was to give ideas on how to strengthen crime prevention efforts among communities in the state, and to discuss how the foundation could assist in such initiatives.
He added that as part of efforts to disseminate information on crime prevention, a total of 5,000 crime prevention clubs were established by the foundation at primary and secondary schools, as well as institutions of higher learning across the country. —Bernama
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