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Friday, Aug 23, 2013


GENTING BUS TRAGEDY: 'Driver didn't like delays'

New Straits Times | Friday, Aug 23, 2013

The bus station at Genting Highlands. Drivers are assigned a bus each and assume responsibility for it.

KUALA LUMPUR - A minimum of eight trips a day, six days a week, each lasting 11/2 hours, with only a 20-minute break in between journeys, negotiating treacherous bends up and down Genting Highlands.

These are the challenges faced by Genting Highlands Transport Sdn Bhd bus drivers who ply the Kuala Lumpur-Genting Highlands route on a daily basis, come rain or shine.

These were also the same conditions which had allegedly irked Lim Kok Ho, the driver of the ill-fated bus which plummeted down a ravine on Wednesday.

The incident left 37 dead and 16 injured. It is acknowledged as the worst bus crash in Malaysian history.

Colleagues described Lim as someone who was used to order and system, based on his previous stint at a bus company in Singapore.

A bus driver, who only wanted to be known as Aji, said Lim, who was employed only two months ago, was known for his low tolerance for delays.

"He does not speak much and is rather impatient. I was told that Lim used to work for a bus company in Singapore, where things were systematic and organised, compared with the terminals and operations here.

"He was the type who got annoyed when there were delays," he said at the Jalan Pekeliling Bus Terminal here.

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