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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Genting bus crash: Police call off search, 15 victims identified so far

A team of forensic units and Puspakom officials conducting an on-site investigation on Thursday. - AZMAN GHANI / The Star
A team of forensic units and Puspakom officials conducting an on-site investigation on Thursday. - AZMAN GHANI / The Star
GENTING HIGHLANDS: Police have called off search and rescue efforts to locate more victims of the bus crash that claimed the lives of 37 passengers.
Bentong OCPD Supt Mohd Mansor Mohd Norr said police have ended their search and are now conducting operations to retrieve valuables and documents to identify the dead.
"Our personnel only found two severed legs which will be sent to the Kuala Lumpur Hospital.
"We are confident that there are no more victims in the bus or in the surrounding area," he told pressmen at the scene on Thursday morning.
Supt Mansor said of the 37 dead only 15 have been identified  so far.
"Those with relatives who have gone by bus to Genting Highlands and have gone missing should talk to the police immediately.
"We could use any help, even description of their attire could assist in the identification process," he said adding that the dead were all brought to HKL.
He said 34 post mortems have already been performed while five bodies have been claimed.
Supt Mohd Mansor said the majority of the cause of deaths was multiple injuries and severe internal organ damage.
"The tragedy is by far the worst in this area so far. If the bus had not got snagged on the trees, it could have easily plunged an additional 100ft down the slope," he said adding that the case was being investigated under Section 41(1) of the Road Transport Act 1987 for reckless driving.
Supt Mohd Mansor said police would take statements from the survivors once they have recovered from the ordeal in order to get a clearer picture of the incident.
"Once our personnel have finished retrieving valuables and documents, forensic units and Puspakom officials will be sent down to conduct an on-site investigation.
"When they have finished we will start work on hoisting up the bus to be brought to the Bentong police station," he said.
Names of victims identified, so far
1. Chan Fook Choy, 62, M
2. Chan Lai Huat, M
3. Sub Moy @ Sak Moy, 71, F
4. Sek Sooi Chan, F
5. Lee Fok Wah, 62, M
6. Law Tiaw Meng, 36, M
7. Law See Kee, 19, F
8. Yap Hing, 61, M
9. Muhammad Rasid Jantan, 61, M
10. Ng Ah Heng, F
11. Choo Peng Kwan, 66, M
12. Sukhviv Singh, M (India national)
13. Auther Mash, M (India national)
14. Rafik Ali Buai Habac Chu, M (Bangladeshi)
15. Bhuiyan Rifique Ali, M (Bangladeshi)
- theStarOnline

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