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Road fatalities – Do we even care about our loved ones?

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.

— BERNAMA

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.

Road accident

Original article (28 August 2009):

Malaysian Unite For Road Safety.

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.

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2 thoughts on “Road fatalities – Do we even care about our loved ones?

  1. Tuan,

    Maafkan kami kerana membuat jemputan kepada Tuan secara am seperti dibawah:-

    Yang berbahagia Dato/Datin/Tuan/Puan/Saudara/Saudari,

    Dengan segala hormatnya kami memaklumkan bahawa kami akan melancarkan portal “Satu Sekolah Untuk Semua (SSS)” di

    http://satusekolahuntuksemua.wordpress.com.

    Kami menjemput anda untuk melayari laman web tersebut selepas Sambutan Merdeka 12tengahmalam pada 31 Ogos 2009. Anda dipersilakan untuk melayari tab “e-patriot”

    (http://satusekolahuntuksemua.wordpress.com/patriotsinsuppor/)

    di mana kami telahpun menyenaraikan laman citra anda di bawah senarai “e-patriot” (“Patriots displaying SSS Logo”). Kami ingin merakamkan rasa penghargaan kami yang tidak terhingga di atas sokongan anda terhadap Kempen SSS ini apabila anda telah mempamirkan logo SSS di laman citra anda. Terima kasih di atas sokongan berterusan anda terhadap Kempen SSS ini.

    ______________________

    It is our honor to inform you that we will be launching “Satu Sekolah Untuk Semua (SSS)” portal at

    http://satusekolahuntuksemua.wordpress.com

    Please visit the website after the 12midnite Merdeka celebration on 31 August 2009 and check out the “e-patriot” tab

    (http://satusekolahuntuksemua.wordpress.com/patriotsinsuppor/).

    We have listed your blog site under the “e-patriot” list (Patriots displaying SSS Logo). We wish to record our utmost appreciation for your support toward SSS campaign by displaying SSS logo at your blog site. Thank you for your continuous support toward the SSS campaign.

    Terima kasih.

    Satu Sekolah Untuk Semua

    JMD : Terima kasih di atas jemputan ini.

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  2. Salam JMD,

    This is an effort that should be taken up more seriously than h1n1…from my point of view.

    It has been plaguing our lives and loves one for quite sometime…since last 20 years or so.

    As a bikers myself…I really, really hope the gomen, state or federal to really push for the BIKERS LANE!! It’s been lonnngg overdue!!!

    I don’t see what is the big problem for not getting this done. Hiway besar2 boleh buat takkanlah jalan motor tak boleh buat..
    I am sure 60% or maybe more cases involving fatal road accident is motorbike users and most of it happening at federal road and most cases is not their fault…..hiway rarely occur.

    Dulu samy vel janji mau buat…sampai sudah pencen mintiri tada buat2 juga! Pak lahpun nak buat…habukpun tarak…pun tak sempat sebab dah dipencenkan.

    Yes, jebat, everytime we malaysian celebrating festival, we will also have this uneasy feeling over the road safety of our loves one and ourself ….it is like a time bomb, you’ll never know when will it strike….minta dijauhkan Allah.

    Please safe driving everyone…pergi dan balik dengan selamat.

    JMD: Thank you for the comment.

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