KOTA KINABALU, 23 FEBRUARY 2001
: Review priorities in life-or-death situations
Kinabalu: PBS Secretary-General Radin Malleh
said the relevant authorities and departments should
take stock and streamline their work priorities
for the benefit and interest of the people.
should bear in mind that they are charged with duties
and responsibilities that should always prevail,"
he said. He was responding to our front page report
Thursday titled "A Lesson In Tragedy" pertaining
to a fatal accident involving a 16-year-old La Salle
student in Tanjung Aru here on Feb. 2.
to him, he could not hold back his tears upon reading
the article. "I could feel the situation the Majawait
family is in after losing their only child in such
a manner," he said.
the report, Marcus Majawait, a JKR personnel, disclosed
the traumatic experience he and his wife Margaret
underwent, that led to the death of Timothy four
days after admission at QEH on Feb.6. Timothy was
knocked down by a speeding car driving by another
16-year-old as he was crossing the road to a waiting
schoolbus, at noon on that fateful day (Feb 2).
The driver, said to be a dropout of the school,
was about to fetch a younger brother in a Honda
V6 when the mishap occurred at 12.50pm.
to Marcus, he also found out that the schoolbus
driver left the scene immediately without rendering
any assistance to the victim. He also regretted
that Timothy's headwound was stitched only after
four hours of unconsciousness and bleeding, having
been rushed to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital here
immediately following the incident.
staff was said to have replied to Marcus and family
members who waited anxiously at the casualty unit
that nobody was around to attend to it. Radin said
the departments concerned should be responsible
enough to find ways and means to reduce such tragedies
and casualties under their purview, and not treat
them as routine occurrences, citing the shortage
of manpower as an excuse.
a former senior police officer, who had served the
force in various capacities, including the Special
Branch, Traffic and CID, said "care and caution"
should be the order of the day when one is at the
wheel. A former State Traffic Police chief, he said
he had also been a victim of carelessness of other
road users who rammed his vehicle from the rear.
He also recalled his experience at the Queen Elizabeth
Hospital at 4am in 1998, when he sought treatment
for a severe stomach ache. But after having to wait
for almost an hour, he decided to go to a 24-hour
clinic. "Not even a nurse or a hospital assistant
seemed to care and ask me what sickness I was suffering,"
he said, adding that he could not enjoy the facilities
due to him as a Member of Parliament.