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Following Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai’s statement that punishment will be meted out to the company that owns the bus that rammed into 10 cars on the North South Expressway outside Ipoh, Qistna Express Sdn Bhd, which has 26 buses in its fleet, is facing suspension following the crash, according to a report by The Star.

“The suspension was carried out following the body’s audit of the company’s fleet, which found disobedience of mandatory safety requirements,” said SPAD chief executive officer Mohd Azharuddin Mat Sah in a statement yesterday. Investigation reports from the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS) are still pending, he said.

According to Ipoh OCPD assistant commissioner Sum Chang Keong in an earlier report, the bus’ brakes weren’t functioning properly, resulting in the bus coming down the slope at high speed before ramming into the cars. A 21-year-old girl, a passenger in one of the cars that were hit, suffered pain in the stomach area, but no one was seriously injured in the incident.

The bus was on its way from Penang to Kuala Lumpur, when the incident occurred on the southbound North-South Expressway at KM265.8 at 2:45pm.