Perak chief minister Datuk Seri Zambry Abd Kadir has urged the Malaysian Highway Authority (MHA) and Projek Lebuhraya Utara Selatan (PLUS) to install additional safety features at the descending Menora Tunnel and Gua Tempurong stretches, in a report by Bernama.

Even though speed breakers and lights are already installed along both stretches, Zambry said additional efforts should be taken to reduce the risk of an accident occurring, especially those that involve large vehicles like buses and lorries.

Zambry suggested that the aforementioned parties create emergency parking bays near the Menora Tunnel so vehicles encountering problems can stop. “If possible, the special bays should be created beside the expressway on both sides for vehicles to stop in emergency situations,” he said.

Recently, a runaway bus rammed into ten cars on the downhill stretch near the North-South Expressway’s Menora Tunnel. It was reported that the bus’ brakes weren’t functioning properly, resulting in the bus coming down the slope at high speed before ramming into the cars.

The Transport Ministry has said it is investigating the incident, and will punish Qistna Express Sdn Bhd, the company that owns the bus, if any laws were broken. The Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) has already announced that the company’s operations will be suspended for disobedience of mandatory safety requirements.