It is more than two years since the Advisory Panel of the Genting Highlands crash submitted 51 recommendations to the Ministry of Transport in order to improve the national road safety system holistically.
Frequent pubic and commercial vehicle crashes are an indication of serious flaws and deficiencies in the road transport systems which have been ignored for too long.
Meanwhile, Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) has been consistently questioning the delays and flip-flops and lack of urgency exhibited by the authorities.
Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) is disappointed with what happened near the ‘Menora Tunnel accident’ on 10 July 2016 because needless lives could have been lost when an express bus rammed into 10 cars. Conversely it could have been prevented with proactive participation by all parties. However, this did not seem to be case.
We have never been short of road accident prevention measure proposals over the years. In fact, after the Genting Highlands bus crash on 21 August 2013, an independent advisory panel to the Minister of Transport was established. The crash was described as “the worst in the country’s fatal crash” that involved 37 fatalities including the driver. The panel subsequently submitted its report complete with 51 recommendations to the Minister in January 2014. How many of the recommendations have been implemented so far?
CAP President showing statistics of accidents during festive season.
We are at the threshold of another balik kampung frenzy to get home at all costs. For many families it will be a period of great rejoicing during the coming Hari Raya. However, joy and happiness can suddenly change to extreme sorrow and agony for those who lose their loved ones in road crashes which spares nobody. Although Ops Selamat 9 will be in full swing, how much can we expect from the operation?
From what we see, the operations have largely failed because year after year, the carnage from road crashes continues unabated.
Such shock and disappointment we feel that another building under construction has had one of its floors collapse. Just like the incident in Alor Gajah 2 months ago, the temporary structure holding up the floors (that had not yet set) was not strong enough. It was reported that weak recycled items were used as the temporary structure. Why did the contractor decide this was the best way to go?
Motorcyclists are the most vulnerable road users owing to the instability of the vehicle as well as the little or no protection afforded during an accident. This coupled with the attitude of motorcyclists and lax enforcement has created a national disaster on our roads. Neither the authorities nor the people are sensitive or serious about the situation. Deaths on the roads become mere statistics to them.
Each year on an average there are about 465,000 road accidents resulting in nearly 7,000 deaths. Sixty percent or 4,200 of the deaths are contributed by motorcyclists and 40% of that are motorcyclists in the age group of 16 to 25 years.