The Star - 03.11.2010
KUALA LUMPUR: The Dewan Rakyat has allowed an emergency motion to debate on the recent bus accident in Genting Sempah, which claimed seven lives and left 39 injured.
Deputy Speaker Datuk Ronald Kiandee said he was satisfied that the motion filed by Er Teck Hwa (DAP-Bakri) fulfilled the criteria set for the emergency motion.
"The matter is a specific issue of public interest and urgent," he said Wednesday when allowing Er's application.
The house will debate the matter at 4.30pm and the Government will reply at 5pm.
In his application filed on Monday, Er said he had filed a similar application on Oct 14 to debate on the frequency of express bus accidents, citing the Simpang Ampat crash which claimed 12 lives.
His first application was rejected in chambers on Oct 18.
Unfortunately, Er said, less than two weeks after his application was rejected, another fatal road accident took place and this time seven youths were killed.
"The explanation given by the Government has failed to ease the anxiety of people as road accidents involving express buses are rampant," he said.
Er also proposed a Royal Commission be set up to investigate the two road accidents.