The eleven members of the RRP, appointed directly by Transport Minister Anthony Loke, are given the responsibility and tasks to monitor and oversee the progress and execution of the 51 proposal for improvements in the report.
The RRP is also required as well to provide additional input to beef up the safety operational aspects of the bus transport sector in the country.
Commenting on his inclusion in the RRP, Shahrim said: “This is recognition for us (journalists) by the Transport Minister on our effort to save lives on the road. I hope I can do something to reduce road fatalities and I consider this as a national service.”
Loke pointed out that the review on the report of the worst fatalities in a single road crash ever recorded in the country was necessary in order for the new government to act promptly on road safety issues surrounding the bus services.
"We do not want to waste any more time researching or put forward suggestion anymore every time there is a major crash or lives lost due to bus crash. It is important now to implement the steps for the public transport industry because there is already a complete report on the proposal. It is time for us to act," he said.
“Among the first tasks is for the review panel to complete an interim report in the next three months in terms of how far or the status of the execution of the 51 recommendations.”
"We want the interim report to be made public so that people will know what actions have been taken and what not," he said after the handing over ceremony of letter of appointment to the RRP members at Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (Miros) here today.
Other than Careta.my editor in the RRP, the other panel members are Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Malaysia president Datuk Abd Radzak Abd Malek, Federation of Malaysian Consumers Association (Fomca) president Datuk Marimuthu Nadason, UiTM Faculty of Civil Engineering Professor Dr Ahmad Kamil Arshad, Institution of Engineers Malaysia council member and past president Choo Kok Beng, former Miros director-general Professor Dr Wong Shaw Voon, Peninsular Malaysia Bus Drivers Association president Saa'dan Man and a person who will be appointed to the position of secretary of land transport and logistics division of Transport Ministry.
Joint-Chairman of the RRP are the Transport Ministry’s secretary general Datuk Seri Saripuddin Kasim and Miros chairman Tan Sri Leee Lam Thye while Miros director-general Dr Siti Zaharah Ishak is the secretary of the panel.
In the report published by the independent advisory panel probed into the causes of the bus crash, it had exposed the incompetency and violations across the board that were already considered as open secrets among the public transport and road safety advocates for ages.
On August 21, 2013, 37 people were killed while 16 others were seriously injured after a stage bus crashed into a concrete barrier and thrown into a deep ravine at KM 3.6 of Jalan Genting Highlands-Kuala Lumpur.
Six months later, a 44-page report was completed by the Advisory Panel and made available to public by Ministry.
The report among others highlighted the systematic failure by various government agencies for not taking full responsibility and exercising the jurisdiction and power accorded to them.
It was further cemented in the report about the lack of enforcement and communication among the industry players and authorities on safe operation practice for public service vehicle including weaknesses in standard operating procedure by relevant organisations, thus directly and indirectly contributed to the nation’s worst road fatalities in a single crash.
To date, Careta.my understands that only less than 20 per cent of the 51 proposal for improvements stated in the report have been executed.