Home Ministry backs bus marshals


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  • Wednesday, 24 Dec 2003

IPOH: The Home Ministry has expressed its support for providing police personnel to help curb road accidents involving express buses during the Chinese New Year “balik kampung” rush next year. 

Deputy Minister Datuk Zainal Abidin Zin, however, said there was a need for more discussions with the Commercial Vehicles Licensing Board (CVLB) regarding the matter. 

“Our police personnel can either be on board the bus or monitor the buses from afar,” he said, adding that the police department would be able to spare a few personnel for the task. 

He was speaking to reporters after opening a Perak-level Pemadam colloquium here yesterday.  

He was commenting on CVLB chairman Datuk Raja Ahmad Zainuddin Raja Omar’s recent statement that the board planned to have enforcement officers on board express buses to help curb accidents during the festival. 

Raja Ahmad had stated that the board would work with the police and Road Transport Department (JPJ) to come up with the bus marshals as the CVLB only had 50 enforcement officers. 

However, National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (Niosh) chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye described the idea as “ridiculous” as it would take up a lot of manpower. 

He suggested that the authorities use readily-available resources instead, saying that the bus passengers can act as look-outs.  

He proposed that the speedometer of the bus and the hotline of the relevant authority be displayed to all passengers, so that they can file a report should the driver break the law. 

“After all, it concerns their own safety,” he said at a forum in Petaling Jaya.  

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