GEORGE TOWN, Oct 7 – Prasarana Malaysia Berhad (Prasarana), the operator of the Rapid Penang bus service, will speed up the installing of closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras in its buses to improve the security of its drivers and passengers. Prasarana Group director and Rapid Bus Sdn Bhd chief executive officer, Zulkifli Mohd Yusoff said to date, 110 of the 330 Rapid Penang buses had been fixed with CCTVs and the rest probably by the year-end or January next year.

He was speaking to reporters after visiting injured Rapid Penang bus driver, Aisyamudin Yaacob, 26, who is being treated at Penang Hospital, here, after he was stabbed several times on his right thigh by a female passenger. In the 7am incident yesterday, Aisyamudin was driving a Rapid Penang bus from Weld Quay to Balik Pulau when he was stabbed by the woman when she refused to drop her at an undesignated stop as demanded by her.

Zulkifli said following the incident, Prasarana together with the Rapid Bus Workers Union would study measures to improve security in Rapid Penang buses. “We did not expect this to happen and it was the first such incident since Rapid Penang started the bus service in this state 10 years ago,” he said. Zulkifli said the company would bear the costs for the family of Aisyamudin, who is the sixth of nine siblings, including providing a homestay near Penang Hospital to enable the family to care for the victim.

He said he had met Aisyamudin’s mother and other family members and assured them that Prasarana would assist the family throughout the duration of the victim’s treatment at the hospital. “The victim who is not married and hails from Pasir Puteh, Kelantan underwent surgery last evening and the doctor treating him, informed that Aisyamudin was under observation as he was still unconscious,” he said.

Aisyamudin joined Rapid Penang about two months ago after completing Rapid Bus Sdn Bhd’s captain scheme training. Zulkifli said in yesterday’s incident, Aisyamudin did not drop the female passenger at the location requested as it was not safe and not a proper bus stop, so he dropped the passenger at a nearby stop before he was stabbed by the woman on his thigh. He urged the public not to make any speculation on the incident and to leave it to the police to investigate.

Credit : The Malay Mail Online

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