Sleepy bus driver asked to explain reason for punching passenger

KUALA LUMPUR, 30 Aug 2017: 

The operator  of the express bus service Ekspress Senibudaya (M) Sdn Bhd and its driver – who allegedly punched a passenger – have been ordered to appear before the Land Public Transport  Commission (SPAD) today to have their statements recorded.

SPAD said in a statement the commission would record their statements on the incident, which happened on Sunday (Aug 27).

Based on a police report by the passenger, aged 56, the incident happened after he contacted the express bus company – to report on the bus driver having fallen asleep behind the wheel. The bus was heading  from Kuala Lumpur to Johor.

The victim claimed that after picking up a few passengers at the Seremban bus terminal, the bus continued its journey to Johor and while travelling along the congested road, the driver fell asleep behind the wheel.

Realising that the passenger reported the matter to the bus company, the driver stopped the bus and assaulted him – including punching him on the face, before other passengers went to his aid.

SPAD said the victim had lodged a report with the commission’s office in Johor Bahru.

Although the express bus operator had taken immediate action against the driver concerned,  the incident is regretted, said SPAD – adding that legal action could be taken against the bus operator and driver concerned.

Bus operators and drivers are reminded to give priority to the welfare and safety of passengers at all times, it said.

– Bernama

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