Tuesday, April 21, 2009

SPOTLIGHT: Website receives 10,000 signatures

News Straits Times 19th April 2009

KUALA LUMPUR: When Lee Nian Ning and two others died in a bus crash in Slim River last year, their family and friends set up a website called 'Bus Crash No More'.

They set up a petition drive on the website which netted nearly 10,000 signatures.

Their petition letter, addressed to the minister of transport, opened with the line:

"We, the concerned youths of Malaysia express anger over the Slim River Bus Crash incident that claimed the lives of Lee Nian Ning and two others on Jan 25 2008.

"This is not the first time that such an incident has occurred. Despite numerous complaints and public uproar in the past, incidents like this continue to occur.
"It was reported that the driver's company had 13 summonses on that bus itself. We find it unacceptable that such a company could have operated that vehicle on the road."

There is a blogroll where dozens of bloggers wrote their messages of condolences for her.

While in newspaper reports, Lee was described as just a 21-year-old victim of a bus crash, in the blogs, a picture of the young, exuberant girl emerges from the numerous posts made by friends.

Abby, a schoolmate, wrote: "She had everything going for her. Supermodel gorgeous, super smart, impressive resume, a supportive family, a doting long-time boyfriend, and many, many friends who loved her to bits.

"Who knew when she packed her bags for the trip to KL, that she was going on an entirely different unexpected trip?

"Who knew that when she said goodbye to her family that day, it would be her final farewell?"

1 comment:

Sun Tzu II said...

Psst, you forgot to credit NST!