PETALING JAYA: A National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will eliminate duplication of work between various government agencies when it comes to investigations on high-profile transportation accidents, says Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye.
Lee lauded the Transport Ministry’s move to formulate an Act for the NTSB, describing it as very timely.
“At the moment, there are several agencies involved in the investigation of a high-profile transportation case. With the NTSB, there will be a single authority to conduct the investigations.
“I am happy that the Transport Minister himself has taken a keen interest in the setting-up of the NTSB and has been able to see it through to the ministry and at the Cabinet level,” he said yesterday.
He was commenting on Saturday’s announcement by Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai that his ministry was working with various bodies to formulate the Act, with agencies including the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research and the Department of Civil Aviation roped in to help draft the Act.
The NTSB, an independent adviser to agencies under the ministry, will monitor aspects related to land, rail, aviation and maritime safety.
The proposal to form the board was made following the Genting bus crash in 2013 which killed 37 people. Lee had headed the independent advisory panel on the crash.
Lee said the NTSB will also monitor and report on the implementation of safety measures, interventions and related operations when a major accident occurs, to ensure the evaluation would be carried out in a scientific manner.
“The NTSB should also be empowered to monitor the implementation of recommendations by various bodies to prevent similar tragedies from recurring in the future,” he added.