The driver had 13 traffic summonses - some still outstanding - and two warrants of arrest against him while the 20-year-old bus, which also had 19 summonses, did not even have the permit to ply the route.
The passengers of the bus, bound for Alor Star from Malacca, never stood a chance against such a poor record - 19 of them were killed along with the 37- year-old driver. [More]
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) confirmed on Monday that it had facilitated the release of two South Korean hostages held by the Taliban in Afghanistan.
The two women were among 23 South Koreans kidnapped by Taliban militants on July 19. Two male captives were executed at the end of July. [More]
Yonhap News reported the released hostages are Kim Gina, 32, and Kim Kyung-ja, 37.