Fatality figure no longer a surprise after hellish ride

  • Letters
  • Saturday, 05 Nov 2005

IT saddens me to learn that 95 lives were lost in a period meant for celebrations. My sympathies and condolences to the families of the victims.  

I am a frequent visitor to Malaysia. On Oct 27, I took a taxi from KL International Airport to Bandar Utama. I nearly died of a heart attack during that journey. 

The taxi driver had a friend sitting beside him. The speedometer was not working properly as the speed indicator never exceeded 40kph. 

The rev counter was indicating around 4,000 revs per minute. My 40 years of driving experience tells me 4,000 revs per minute translates to travelling around 140kph to 160kph. 

Whenever he could not overtake because of traffic in front he tailgated less than 5m from the vehicle in front. The glass window on the driver’s side kept dropping down and he was trying to hold it up while speeding. What a nightmare!  

I am interested to know who are responsible for hiring the drivers and who allows these taxis to be designated as “authorised KLIA taxis”.  

Are there no regulations that require these taxis to be checked regularly to see that they are fit and safe for the road? 

After that particular ride, I am not surprised by the 95 fatalities recorded in Ops Sikap IX

To be fair to other taxi drivers, this is the first time that I have had such a nightmarish ride.  

TONY WONG, Bedford, England.  

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