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The Transport Ministry aims to unveil a communication plan to educate the public about the dangers of drunk driving.
In a Facebook post, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong said that this will be done by convening a task force between his ministry with non-governmental stakeholders such as the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) as well as with the Attorney-General’s Chamber and the Ministry of Home Affairs.
Prior to the post, Wee held a video conference to discuss the issue with CILT’s president Ramli Amir, deputy president Abdul Kuddus Ramlee, and secretary-general Mohd Nasir Alias.
We agreed that education must be the cornerstone of lasting policy change to reduce tragedies caused by those who cause death while driving under the influence.Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong via Facebook
Wee also shared that he had met with former MIROS director-general Prof Dr Wong Shaw Voon, saying the meeting had given him more insight on how drugs and alcohol can affect driving under the influence (DUI).
He said that knowledge from academicians like Prof Wong will give the Transport Ministry more reference points to use in finding lasting solutions to DUI problems.
In his post, Wee also explained that taking hold of the drunk driving issue in Malaysia wasn’t just about enforcing the law using better techniques and procedures, but also about penalties, awareness, and alternative options to getting home when inebriated, saying all these things need to work in tandem.
He added that the issue of driving under the influence wasn’t limited to just private vehicles, but that the same enforcement is required on errant drivers of commercial and public transport vehicles like lorries and buses.
In the past, there have been cases of public and commercial transport vehicle drivers who were found to be driving under the influence.
We have to start somewhere. Even seatbelts and helmets took time to be fully adopted by the public when they were first introduced decades ago.Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong via Facebook
Wee said that his ministry will finalise proposed amendments to the Road Transport Act 1987 for more severe penalties to be tabled in the Cabinet in June, stressing that long term solutions will require increasing the public’s awareness of drunk driving.
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