Employer should not be blamed for accident


THE suggestion by Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) Penang division secretary K. Veeriah to hold employers responsible for factory bus accidents is absurd, “Eight dead, 42 hurt in crash” (The Star, Oct 25).

Is he suggesting that all employers of factory workers hire testers to check their transport vehicles to ensure they are roadworthy? Is that not the function of Puspakom?

What about the drivers of the vehicles? Are they not duty-bound to keep their vehicles in good condition? And shouldn’t the companies who hire the drivers check the vehicles? Furthermore, if the drivers drive at speed and cause accidents, who is to be blamed?

The authorities should enforce the laws strictly with the maximum sentence meted out on the guilty party. The Road Transport Ordinance should be revived.

These drivers should be charged with murder/manslaughter because, due to their recklessness, children are left as orphans and families are forced into hardship and suffering. Some of these drivers could be suffering a hangover after a night of drinking liquor and others could be using drugs.

In our country, when a tragedy of this nature happens, there is always a hue and cry by both the authorities and people. But all will be forgotten until another tragedy occurs.

I suppose we all have short memories.

RAMAKRISHNAN

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