The bus involved in the country’s deadliest accident in Genting Highlands had been blacklisted by the police prior to the incident yesterday.
The Star reported that checks on the Road Transport Department website revealed that the ill-fated bus was not road-worthy although the reason was unclear.
Bentong OCPD Superintendent Mansor Mohd Noor disclosed that the bus belonged to a Kuala Lumpur-based company known as Genting Highlands Transport Sdn Bhd.
However, the company could not be reached for comment.
According to bus enthusiast website JomNaikBas, the company uses the Scania L113 single-deck bus.
Meanwhile, The Star also reported that a Genting Malaysia Berhad spokesman said the road heading downhill from the Chin Swee Cave Temple in Genting Highlands has been closed after the bus crash.
The spokesman said the uphill road to the hillside resort had been divided into two to enable two-way traffic.
Motorists leaving the resort area, he said, could still use the downhill road but would have to go through the Chin Swee Temple. From there, they could rejoin the uphill road and make their way out of the area.
The spokesman also conveyed Genting Malaysia’s deepest sympathies to the families of the victims of the crash.
Thirty-seven people have been confirmed dead in the crash, when a bus plunged into a 200-foot deep ravine as it made its way down from the Genting Highlands resort in Pahang yesterday afternoon. – The Malaysian Insider, August 22, 2013.