KUALA LUMPUR – Thirteen Malaysians were killed and nine others injured when the tour bus they were travelling in, collided with a pick-up truck in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand Sunday morning.
Malaysian Ambassador to Thailand, Datuk Nazirah Hussin, when contacted, confirmed that there were a total of 22 Malaysians, as well as other unidentified nationalities in the bus when the mishap occurred at 11.30 am local time (12.30 pm Malaysian time).
“We are still waiting for confirmation on the identities of the victims before we can contact their next-of kin in Malaysia.
“According to my source, the Malaysians are from Johor,” she said.
Xinhua news agency reported that the bus was heading to Chiang Mai from Chiang Rai province when it collided with the truck.
Meanwhile, Wisma Putra in a statement today said Malaysian Embassy in Bangkok was working closely with the Thailand authorities in rendering the necessary consular assistance to those injured as well as contacting the next of kin of the Malaysian victims.
The Foreign Ministry also extended its deepest condolences to the families and friends of those who perished in the accident.
In JOHOR BAHARU, Chiu Travel Sdn Bhd General Manager, Terence Yung, confirmed that all the 22 Malaysians involved in the accident were from Batu Pahat, Johor.
“We received the sad news that the transportation vehicle of our Chiang Mai Tour Group which departed on Dec 17 (Thursday) was involved in the accident,” Yung said when contacted by Bernama here tonight.
All those injured were taken to five hospitals in Chiang Mai, he said.
“At the moment, we are trying to obtain the list of the injured from our Thai representative. Please rest assured we will be updating all families regularly and extend our fullest assistance,” said Yung.
He said the company would also arrange for the victims’ family members to go to Thailand.
For enquiries, family members can contact the company’s representatives Terence Yung (019-7582311), Melissa Yung (016-2323193) or office (07-4335599/4335588/4315797). – BERNAMA