The Rapid KL Bus Driver Faces 2 Years' Jail After Pleading Guilty To Taking Drugs

It's a long and tedious road ahead for the 32-year-old.

Cover image via Razak Ghazali/Malay Mail

Md Khairol Anuar Mohamad, the Rapid KL driver who drove his bus recklessly, damaging property and injuring several individuals along Jalan Ampang on the night of 16 August faces a long road ahead

On Tuesday, 21 August, he was charged with self-administration of drugs under Section 15(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 in front of Magistrate Noorasyikin Sahat at the Magistrates’ Court in Kuala Lumpur.

Md Khairol pleaded guilty to using methamphetamines on the night of the incident.

The 32-year-old faces a jail sentence of up to two years followed by compulsory police monitoring up to three years upon his release from prison.

However, if convicted, he could alternately be allowed to pay a fine of RM5,000.

The Rapid KL driver being escorted by police at the KL Courts Complex, yesterday.

Image via Razak Ghazali/Malay Mail

Next week, he is also expected to be charged for traffic offences

He had bulldozed his way through traffic along Jalan Ampang, crushing seven cars on Thursday night when he was trying to flee with the bus after causing an accident earlier.

Md Khairol, who was unrepresented at the court, was granted bail by Magistrate Noorasyikin who fixed it at RM3,000 with one surety on the accused's wife's appeal. She pleaded for leniency citing her health problems and their eight-month-old child.

The wife told the court that Md Khairol was the only breadwinner of their family.

Earlier, Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Amirul Asyraf Abdul Rasid had asked the court to set the Rapid KL driver's bail at RM7,000 in one surety.

Image via Utusan Online

The driver's fate will be decided upon on 24 September

On Sunday, it was reported that police are seeking more witnesses:

It has been alleged on social media that a group of men chased the bus driver armed with wooden sticks and samurai swords.

Netizens have defends the driver saying he was in a state of panic after being chased by people with sticks and swords:

Following the incident and prior to his urine test results came, Rapid KL vouched for the driver, saying he has had a "good track record":

You can watch the video of the incident here:

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