Urgent motion on bus crash accepted for debate

Malaysiakini - 03.11.2010

The Parliament has agreed to allow a debate on an emergency motion to discuss the alarming frequency of bus accidents.

DAP Bakri parliamentarian Er Teck Hwa filed the motion on Monday and it was accepted by deputy speaker Ronald Kiandee on the grounds that the motion was specific, urgent and of public interest.

Kiandee has allocated one hour for debate with 30 minutes for the MPs to raise their qualms and 30 minutes for the relevant ministry to respond on the matter.

The debate is scheduled to take place at 4.30pm today.

Er filed his motion under Standing Orders 18(1) following the bus accident at Genting Sepah last week that killed seven people.

The MP had also previously filed a similar parliamentary motion on the fatal accident that killed 15 people and injured 40 others, in a crash involving two buses, a van and two cars, but it was rejected.

Er said that the frequency of bus accidents has raised public concerns, and he demanded that a royal commission be set up to probe the matter.

“The government's investigations into the accident has failed to curb the tragedy from recurring, and has failed to address public anxiety,” he said.

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