Tuesday, 14 August 2007

A Wish For a Safe Journey, Everytime...



Picture from The Star...


Sigh...


Everytime I see a tragedy like this, a chill runs up my spine...

Nothing beats opening the papers early in the morning, and seeing such gruesome news, with so many lives lost...

Nothing beats opening the newspapers, and reading of so much murder and rape and robbery...Why can't people not harm, maim and kill?



I know death is a normal part of life, but such a tragic and sudden death is so very hard, both on the person who passes on, and those who survive them...I mean, what if there was something you really were suppose to do, but didn't get to, huh? Like what if that journey you were taking was meant to get something done?



Whenever I read of accidents and events like this, I always pray the whole family dies, especially the driver...

Because it's terrible if one person if left to survive...How do you pick yourself up again when your whole family is wiped out? And if you're the driver (even if it wasn't your fault), the feeling that you were the reason for their deaths is all the more worse to bear...How do you live with yourself?



And when I read of horrific bus accidents, I feel even worse...


Because I take the bus to and from Ipoh and Penang...


Sometimes every week...Sometimes twice a month...


My parents always ask if I want them to pick and send me, but I can't bear the thought of them travelling on their own without me all the time...

Because if something happens, I won't be able to forgive myself knowing they were sending or coming to pick me...



I just got off the phone with my mum, and she too is worried that I'm taking the bus like that...But I shall trust my life in God's hands...

Meanwhile, I wish to offer my deepest condolences to the families of those who perished, and I hope they find the courage and strength through this horrible ordeal...



Wish me and my family a safe journey everytime, people...And I wish you and your families all the same, everytime...



*Hugs*


30 comments:

PrincessJournals said...

i read this on thestar. i dunno when the jpj and police are gonna start doing something abt it rather than just talk.

like u, i used to take the late night bus trips kl-tganu whn i was studying in tganu. maybe next time u take those bus trips, ud choose day trips rather than night since those drivers are usually tired and sleepy!

my condolence to all the families.

winniethepooh said...

It is very irresponsible of the bus company to 'play' with the life of people for just a mere amount of bus fare.

May all those who did not make it, rest in peace and those who are injured make it through.

shall pray that every journey that u take, is a safe one Daphne

Steve O hear ye said...

read todays papers on updates..
sigh fingers are a pointing. may the all rest in peace.

ps: aunty too good to reply emails now ya? :P

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Princess,

I take the day buses, although a lot of my trips are after 6 pm...So, in a way, it's not that bad...Yet, the bus sure speeds...Sigh...

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Winnie,

I agree, but unless the people in enforcement really do something, I see that it will all remain the same: People playing with the lives of others...

After all, we bising, they change for a while, then back to square one...

It was just a few months ago when the Taiping-bound bus plunged off the cliff (That one supposedly was not the fault of the driver, and he wasn't speeding)...

I was actually on the opposite side of the road heading back to Ipoh, and saw all the cranes, police, ambulances and firemen...

My heart sure leaped and missed-beats when I passed that stretch the next few times...

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Steve O Hear Ye,

Firstly, what makes you think I check my emails every single day, every single minute?

Secondly, what makes you think I only have one email to reply that I do it immediately upon receiving?

Thirdly, you email me a long, complex list of questions and you expect me to reply within a day or two...Isn't that being wee unreasonable?

After all, as you already know from the previous email, I am having exams, (I blog and check emails to take a break), so looking up complex answers for you (Even when I know the answer, I still need to quote the source directly, which means I need to comb through stuff) isn't exactly on top of my priorities...

Sorry if that doesn't suit you =)

Steve O of the cave said...

aiyohh dont angry lah.
sorry, lah not pushing u , was saying it in jest onli..

me just curious.. dun need to stress out.

looking forward for the info.

the enquiries complex ke? aisey ..didnt expect it to be. no worries, take yr time..

i get scared when ppl are angry at me..

gonna crawl into a cave now..where i belong

hehee

mott said...

I am absolutely terrified of speeding buses, be it me in it or me in a car, next to it.

They have total disregard for human life. Then again, so do quite a lot of drivers who enjoy speeding on public roads.

Those whose life perished, may they forever rest in peace.

btw..i love your explanation on aphasia dysphasia..for some reason, i've always thought you created it yourself! HA HA!

zewt said...

my advice... dont take night buses... and perhaps... get tickets from those reputable company...

this accident has got 'malaysia' written all over it.

Sunflower said...

Hi Daphne, I used to take the bus from KL-Sitiawan (Perak) too, before I had a car. My dad would never let me take the night buses... I admit I thought it was kinda silly but now I'm thankful he's such a careful man. May you be safe in all your comings & goings.

Kerp (Ph.D) said...

yup this is real sad. fingers are pointing at every direction which is nothing new while lives continue to be at stake.

i guess to me its a blessing that these buses are not accessible for wheelchairs.

Pi Bani said...

Oh, I once had the unpleasant experience of boarding a bus which had a mad driver who drove like crazy! Aiyo, if I had a weak heart I would have probably already died of heart attack! Simply overtaking as and when he liked! We were lucky we didn't get into any unfortunate accidents! But all the way from KL to Ipoh I was praying and praying and praying...

Which reminds me of a joke I once read about a preacher who went to hell and a bus driver who went to heaven. WHY? Because the preacher bored people to sleep while the bus driver was driving like crazy everyone in the bus prayed!

J.T. said...

My condolences to all the families too.

Bus drivers tend to speed regardless of the country.

I once sat and slept through a 12-hour bus trip from Germany to south of France. Crazy Deutsch men! I think if I took the front seat of the bus, I would have been praying all the way. Someone who was practically awake through that trip said that, at one point, the bus driver was nodding off. He had to keep talking to the driver to keep him awake. OMG! Luckily we arrived at our destination safely.

In any case, people tend to take chances instead of being careful. Sometimes we are careful but the other drivers are not.
Then we have authorities who talk but take no action. After the accident happens, they point fingers.

I pray that you have safe journeys every time.

Kak Teh said...

i worry a lot too. My daughter is leaving for malaysia today and i have warned her not to take the bus.

I think it is very irresponsible of the company to operate the service with such bad record.

tokasid said...

Daphne:

Its very sad. Whats worse is these accidents are recurring. When this happened we'll have politicians and ministers coming out with all sort of statements to do this and that. In the mid 80's all express buses and lorries were to have the black box installed. After a few years down the road( and some ppl made millions out of the black box)the black box is not compulsory anymore.

Actually, we should be in NATO. Because it appears thats what we are No Action Talk Only.

Despite the accidents, I'll still take the express buses if I have to and when I do, I'll pray the driver and the bus is in good 'condition'.

jimi said...

Memang sedih betul kan. Dan lebih sedih apabila semua lepas tangan. There will be more badan siasatan, suruhanjaya siasatan and whats not!! hmm sigh.

How are you, Daph?

david santos said...

I come to congratulate you with your work and to desire a good Month to you of August in vacation. In Portugal already we walk for beaches and to live the heat of the Summer.

tony -stand-up philosopher said...

It sickens me to death when I read this time and time again....and nothing is being done about it. We are not serious when it comes to enforcing stringent laws. We are not. There is something wrong and I smell a rat. Its the same from the mat-rempits, to the laws on express buses and drivers, to flooding and sports and the list goes on.

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Mott,

Haha...No lar...Didnt come up with the terms myself...You need to be very very smart for that!
As for speeding buses, they're big and heavy right? And if you're sitting in it, and you can feel them speeding, can you imagine how fast they're going? *Shudder*
I guess I generally scared of speed lar, bus ke, car ke, lori ke...Hehehe, scaredy cat lar...Thanks for coming by!

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Zewt,
Sad huh about the whole got Malaysia written on it? Sigh...As for me, from Ipoh-Penang-Ipoh, ada two buses only...Not exactly plenty of choice lor...How are you anyway? Not seen you online in a while...

Daphne Ling said...

Dear Sunflower,
Thank you for the wishes. Even in car also, sometimes not safe, cos you have to be by the side of those huge buses which move soo very quick...And I thought their speed-limit was like 90 km/h or something? You take care too, and drive safe...

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Kerp,
Fingers pointing pun, the precious lives are already lost, and families have already been devastated...Children have lost parents, parents have lost children, husbands and wives have lost each other...Point how much also, tak guna...And the thing is, it is so very deja-vu-like...How many Nuri's, buses etc have to crash before something is done?

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Kak Pi,
I'm glad you made that trip safely, and that your heart is strong!
As for the 'joke', I feel very bad, but I did laugh...It shows how ironic the situation is, isn't it? Sigh...And to the victims of the accident, I'm sorry I could not help laughing =(...

Daphne Ling said...

Hey JT,

So it's not only in Malaysia huh? I remember my eight hour journey to-and-from Delhi to Taj-Mahal...Oh dear...The buses speed like crazy, and literally flew over humps and bumps and potholes...

And the more the passengers yell at the bus-driver, the faster he drives, just to show we can't do anything about it...

And the horning, was worse...Practically all vehicles have got a sticker thingy that says "Please Honk"...

It's like every 10 seconds, the buses go pin-pin-pin-pin-pin-pin-pin-pin-peeeeeeeeeeeeen...

Aiyo...Safe journey to you too!

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Kak Teh,

Lama tak jumpa! I hope your daughter is safe and sound, and returns to UK in one piece...
As for irresponsibility, aye!

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Tokasid,
Haih...Ini lar hangat-hangat-tahi-ayam...
But I actually never understood the whole black-box system...How does it actually work? I know it is supposed to 'record' what is happening, but I don't get the real concept...Can't it be destroyed? Let's say bus meletup or something? Or is the black-box not actually there? Sorry, lost...=(

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Jimi,
I'm ok...How are you? Your blog's comments page always susah nak open ler...=(
Haih...All this suruhanjaya whatever's all wasting tax-money only, because it goes back to square-one anyway...It creates job 'opportunities' though...Which is sad...

Daphne Ling said...

Hi David Santos
Welcome to my humble abode...=)Thanks for the well-wishes, and really, it coincides with my very short holidays! As for Malaysia, every day is a walk in the hot ahem, 'beach'...Hehe...Thanks for coming by, and I hope you have a great day in Portugal too =)

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Tony,
It is sad...That's they always say the best thing to happen to this country is if some big-shot politician falls sick or become victims of something...
Look where IJN, TunHussein Eye Centre, Breast-Cancer Awareness, Palliative Care all came from? It's when they feel and take a personal interest when things really go...
But, I'm sorry, I don't follow your 'rat' thingy...What do you mean?

Jesieblogjourney said...

There's a lot of talking and lack of enforcement. Most people have the tak apa attitude. Geram saja! It's sad to see the lives of innocent people in the hands of the reckless.