Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970

CAP: Fix Deficiencies In Road Transport System Without Delays

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.

Big Traffic Nightmare In Little India

It is most unfortunate that the City Council of Penang Island (MBPP) thought that it is alright to rob the rights of road users in the name of celebrating a festival at Little India. MBPP ought to ask itself how necessary and beneficial is this idea of pitching canopies on both sides of the road to the people.

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) would reiterate that it sees no purpose of these shops extending out almost to the middle of the narrow roads with their canopies since these very shops displayed the products within their premises. Had the enforcement been even handed in banning the use of canopies then there should be no issue at all.

Implement All 51 Accident Prevention Recommendations

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?

Traffic Obstruction At Little India

Congested Penang Street.

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) calls on the City Council of Penang Island (MBPP) to take action on canopies that obstruct the roads (particularly China Street, Penang Street, King Street and Market Street) in Little India.

During a recent survey, CAP found that the pitching of canopies concentrated along sections of China Street, Penang Street, King Street and Market Street.

Another road carnage during this Hari Raya?

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.