Update 28th September 2009:
261 Fatalities Recorded Throughout Ops Sikap
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 28 (Bernama) — Ops Sikap that was launched on Sept 13 and which ended yesterday, saw 261 fatalities recorded throughout the period.
According to a statement from Supt Rasdi Ramli from the Bukit Aman public relations department, there were 23 fatalities yesterday from the 931 accidents reported.
From the total, motorcyclists accounted for 12 of the 23 deaths while car accidents claimed eight while another three were pedestrians.
Municipal roads once again registered the highest number of accidents yesterday with 388 cases followed by Federal roads (284), state roads (152), highways (68) and other roads (39).
Police had also issued 9,826 summonses yesterday.
Apparently, we Malaysians do not cherish our own lives nor the livelihood of our loved ones. The total fatalities this year is so much higher than previous years. Exactly one month ago, I posted the Malaysian Unite For Road Safety campaign to instill awareness on road safety. Malaysians need to take the initiative and drive safely on the road from now on. Has it fell on deaf ears?
Nevertheless, I wish the best for the families of the deceased and hopefully they will persevere with the fate that had befallen them. Thank you.
Original article (28 August 2009):
This is the name of the campaign that will be launched on 9th September 2009. I believe the date 090909 is very appropriate because the number 999 symbolises number you call in an emergency.
Since Malaysia has one of the highest road fatalities in the world, this indeed, is a national emergency situation. With an average 18 people died on the roads every day, it is about time a bottom up approach like this is started. No longer can we just rely on top down approach where the government would try to cultivate good driving values through demerit points, summonses, advertising billboards etc.
In this campaign, the public themselves will give pledges to uphold road safety during the course of their journey. With the festive season just around the corner, I think the public should raise their hands and pledge now to uphold good driving behaviours.
This campaign aims to achieve 250,000 pledges so if you would like to make a pledge and support this campaign, please visit their website at www.090909.org.my.
As someone who had lost a few dear friends due to road accidents, I am supporting this campaign wholeheartedly. I have raised my hand and made a pledge that I, among other things will not text message while driving. I am the biggest culprit in that really.
So please join other Malaysians and support this campaign. We want to save lives, and it should begin with us. Thank you.