Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970

Incessant national tragedies on our roads


National tragedies on our roads keep repeating incessantly. Since 2007, after a series of  express bus accidents, we have been talking about Vehicle Safety Standards and bus driver management system in order to bring down express bus accidents. However, until today we have not implemented these standards or regulations. CAP urges the authorities to stop wasting any more time over this all important matter.

Crane Crash: Review safety and inspection regime

CAP urges the Government of Malaysia to review its safety and inspection regime in construction sites and work places in view of the recent crane mishap off Jalan Ampang in Kuala Lumpur.  

The Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) should investigate the cause of this recent crashing of the crane. Was it due to human error, deficiency in inspection regime of cranes at construction and worksites or faulty mechanism?

Check the installation of video screens in road vehicles

As a road safety measure, the transport authorities should ensure that video screens in road vehicles are installed only for passenger viewing. Drivers should pay full attention to the road and not resort to video entertainment while driving.

Malaysia still far from achieving Road Safety Plan goals

Since 2007 the behavior of commercial vehicle drivers has been a major issue, and continues to remain so. The result is that bus accidents continually haunt Malaysians, with two bus accidents occurring in Johor within 24 hours of each other recently. In both cases the blame has been put on the drivers for over-speeding.

Independent inquiry needed for fatal crane accident in Penang

An independent inquiry is urgently needed to assess the role and functions of the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH), besides reviewing the Occupational Safety and Health Act to ensure overall safety, health and welfare of all workers and public.

This call is made by the Consumers’ Association of Penang in view of the recent spate of accidents involving heavy machineries.  Yesterday one person died while three others were injured when a seven-storey-high crane tower at a construction site toppled and damaged some buildings in Georgetown, Penang.