Monday, August 17, 2009

Better to be safe than sorry...

Projek Lebuhraya Utara-Selatan (PLUS) is embarking on a road safety campaign with a difference. It is called "Malaysians Unite for Road Safety 090909". I think this is a good step towards reducing the number of accidents in Malaysia which kill more people daily than any disease including h1n1.

The campaign involves engaging the people. Motorists can actually go to the website at and make a pledge to do away with a bad habit. I have pledged to stop SMSing while driving, a promise I plan to keep. The website has received 83 pledges so far.

The campaign will begin on 9/9/99. The date was chosen because 999 is the number to call during emergencies and also because 9 is an auspicious number to the Chinese.

Lets make our roads safer.


Anonymous said...

This is a good initiative. It is about time Malaysians started taking responsibility on road safety instead of always blaming others. Actually, Malaysians can unite for so many good things...unite as in taking responsibility. Remember MJ, change starts with the man in the mirror. My pledge is to park in a more disiplined manner (no more double parkinglah)

hobbitssavedtheshire said...

Ha, finally a safety campaign that doesnt talk down to road users (do this do that, wear this wear that!)but I wonder if Malaysians will bother making pledges when there's no incentive offered like a car, a house or a family holiday even! Well let's see if this initiative works and if Malaysians care enough to want to make that change. I for one will henceforth pledge to make sure pedestrians who cross at zebra crossings and other designated areas will get their right of way and I have to be patient even if there's an endless stream of them haha!

Anonymous said...

Agree with MJ. Kesalahan lalulintas kini semakin menjadi-jadi seolah-olah undang-undang sudah tiada. Kita sebagai individu perlu renung seketika kerana "we are equally" guilty. Samalah seperti usaha memerangi denggi. Kita sepatutnya mengambil inisiatif untuk membersihkan kawasan rumah sendiri. Tak payah tunggu pihak berkuasa datang sembur asap. Change begins with us. Semoga kemalangan jalanraya dan kematian akibat denggi dapat dikurangkan.


AUDRAkay said...

I'm glad to see a fresh approach to road safety compared to the century old "pandu cermat jiwa selamat" type campaigns.

will be interesting to see if Malaysians care enough about road safety to actually participate since there's no material "reward" per se.

Anonymous said...

Yes, this seems like a campaign with a difference. In my opinion, the biggest cause of road accidents in Malaysia is the bad attitude of motorists. I have been to many parts of the world but I dare say that Malaysian motorists are the worst of the lot. They break traffic rules as though it is the most natural thing to do. Really "tidak apa" attitude. To make matters worst, the is a real lack of enforcement. Malaysians will have to change, if not the deaths will just keep on increasing.


Anonymous said...

I pledege to curse all the stupid people who break rules without batting an eyelid. There is anarchy on the roads...lets unite to do something about this.


Anonymous said...

What does the following actually mean?

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Does it mean that you may disagree with something personally, but when at work you may agree with it? Or these views are something you say now, but may not agree with yourself? If you dont mind, would appreciate a response.

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Subhashita Manjari said...

Better safe than sorry!

A Sanskrit Verse says...

चिन्तनीया हि विपदाम्
आदावेव प्रतिक्रिया ।
न कूपखननं युक्तम्
प्रदीप्ते वह्निना गृहे ॥

One should foresee the effects of a problem and decide how to react to them well in advance. It is improper to dig a well when the house is on fire.

Saran said...

I read with interest the Malaysians Unite for Road Safety (MUFORS) initiative announced recently by PLUS Expressways. Of particular interest was the announcement by the Managing Director of PLUS that “MUFORS is a community project that was set up to empower Malaysians to voice out their thoughts and concerns on road safety in the country. More importantly, it also serves as a platform for everyone to think about how each of us can play our part to improve road safety and save lives”.
In my opinion, this approach can actually be expended to many other areas of nation building where all of us as individuals must play our role, big or small, to contribute to efforts like improving road safety, keep our environment clean, fighting diseases like dengue, reducing crime, checking unfair business practices in the marketplace and the list goes on.
However, what I have been observing is that Malaysians are becoming more aloof and the “tidak apa” attitude is becoming more obvious. Just look around us and see how people behave on the roads. Jumping queue and red lights, indiscriminate parking, speeding, waiting in yellow boxes, tailgating and talking on the mobile phone while driving seem to be common everyday occurrences.
I have seen people just throwing rubbish like sweet wrappers, tissue paper and once even a packet of unfinished rice out of their vehicles.
We cannot go on being indifferent. If we go on at this rate, all of us will be losers. In line with the 1Malaysia concept and with National Day around the corner, let us take a hard look at ourselves in the mirror and ask what we can do to make this country a better and safer place. Can we stop talking on the mobile phone while driving or park in a designated place even if it means walking a little bit further to reach your destination?
Can we stop throwing that piece of tissue out of the car? Perhaps take some time to check for mosquito larvae in our house compound. There is no contribution that is too small. Let’s not dump everything to the government and take the attitude that “everyone does it, why not me”. If that is the case, it is a very dangerous path we are taking that will bring negative effects to all of us.
As Malaysians, let’s unite to do the things that will bring mutual benefits. John F Kennedy said: “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country”.
Coming back to road safety, my pledge to support MUFORS is that I will switch to public transport more often and be more careful on the road especially near schools. I would also urge fellow Malaysians to make a pledge for road safety by visiting the MUFORS website at This is a movement of the people, by the people and for the people. Instead of being told what to do (as in previous road safety campaigns), the Malaysians Unite for Road Safety initiative gives Malaysians a chance to tell other Malaysians what we should be doing to improve road safety. In short, the strategy is to empower Malaysians to improve road safety, beginning with themself.