Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970

A radical approach to road safety is badly wanting

The number of road deaths in Malaysia is steadily climbing, despite the government spending millions and creating multiple agencies to tackle the issue. According to police statistics, the number of road deaths has increased from 6,286 in 2003 to 6,877 in 2012 while the accidents went up from 298,653 to 462,423. We have got our thinking, data systems, organizational infrastructure, policies and programs all wrong and unless we set them right we will continue to see increasing tragedies on our roads.

MH370: Some neglected issues

The disappearance and crash of MH-370 is a very sad incident which has been very much in the news recently. Our hearts go out to the families of the people travelling on the flight and we feel deeply sorry and concerned about the extraordinary ordeal  of emotional ups and downs to which they have been subjected.

Review safety requirements for crane operations

CAP calls on the government to review and tighten procedures relating to the safe operation of cranes, in view of the increasing number of crane accidents. In the recent crane accident in Georgetown, Penang, two workers on the skylift mounted on a crane were injured and one motorcyclist was killed. This incident raises a number of questions related to work safety and road safety. An immediate enquiry should be carried out.

Was the Genting crash really fated to happen?

The Genting bus crash is undoubtedly the worst bus tragedy so far with no less than 37 deaths. Was it really fated to happen? CAP believes that it was not something fated to happen, which is an act of God, but something waiting to happen due to human negligence in all sectors.

Opposing AES will be irresponsible

Any delay in the implementation of AES (Automatic Enforcement System) is not justified, in view of the fact that we are losing nearly 7,000 lives annually and more than 4 times as many motorists are injured. Opposing its implementation would be irresponsible. Parliamentarians should help to speed up the implementation.

CAP calls on the relevant authorities once again to make whatever corrections that has been found wanting and immediately implement AES without further delay.

Letter to the Editor - 15 October 2012