Genting van crash: Apad investigating, to work closely with JPJ

PETALING JAYA: The Land Public Transport Agency (Apad) says it is looking into the Genting Highland tour van crash which tragically claimed seven lives on Wednesday (Feb 8) and will take swift action if any wrongdoing is found.

In a statement Thursday (Feb 9), Apad said it would work closely with the Road Transport Department (JPJ) to get the inspection and safety audit result and also share it with the Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry.

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Based on initial investigations, the van which was ferrying 14 local tourists was on the way from Genting Highlands to Penang when the driver lost control of the vehicle and it crashed into a road divider.

“We will liaise with the Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry and work with Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (Miros) to carry out an investigation and find the cause of the crash,” the agency said.

It added that it will not hesitate to suspend or terminate the travel agency’s license under the Land Public Transport Act (Act 715) if any wrongdoing is found.

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“Any licence holder who violates licensing terms can be penalised between RM1,000 and RM500,000 or imprisoned no less than two years or both,” it said.

Pahang police chief Comm Datuk Seri Ramli Mohamed Yoosuf said the seven deceased victims, comprising five men and two women, have been identified as driver Wong Choun Chiet, 49; co-driver Chang Them Kong, 70; and passengers Foong Ah Lan, 68; Lee Moy, 67; Goh Siew Kim, 61; Ang Meng Hong, 62; and Seow Mee Tin, 72.

The survivors are being treated at Bentong Hospital and Hospital Kuala Lumpur.