KUALA LUMPUR - THE driver of the ill-fated bus that crashed and took seven lives on Friday at Genting Sempah said he drove to support his family despite not having a valid driving licence.

S. Muthumani, 36, claimed he once had a driving licence but it was suspended by the Road Transport Department because it did not recognise the driving school he had gone to.

'I wanted to re-apply for a licence but couldn't afford to,' he told reporters from his bed at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital (KLH) on Sunday.
Mr Muthumani was warded with a broken leg as well as a head injury that required 15 stitches.

His wife, 32, was at his bedside. The couple have three children, aged 10, 11 and 13 years.

It was earlier reported that the man had never had a valid driving licence but only a learner driver's licence that was blacklisted 13 years ago.

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