THE Malaysian Consumers Protection Association (PPPM) gave out 2,000 goodie bags to motorists and bus passengers passing through the Sungai Besi toll, recently.
The goodie bags which contained fruit juice packets and mandarin oranges also included brochures on road safety awareness and caring for the environment as well as managing the high cost of living.
The road safety campaign brochure covered topics such as saving petrol and driving safely, pedestrian safety and consequences of illegal racing.
PPPM Federal Territories chairman Jeffrey Lau Thenk Teck said there were higher number of deaths by road accidents over the years.
“We found that during the festive period, 18 to 19 deaths caused by road accidents occured daily.”
Although the 17-year-old association’s priority was to champion consumers’ rights, issues related to health, environment and safety were also close to their hearts, said PPPM president Datuk Mohd Firdaus Abdullah.
“We noticed that more and more deaths occur on the road, not only during Chinese New Year, but also during other major festivals,” said Mohd Firdaus.
“Usually, these deaths are caused by technical problems and poorly maintained vehicles.
“These unnecessary deaths will impact loved ones greatly, hence, we want to do our part to educate all drivers.”
The campaign which was held for the first time in Kuala Lumpur, was supported by the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry (KPDNKK), Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD), Road Transport Department (JPJ) and Road Safety Department (JKJR).
Among those handing out the goodie bags to the motorists and bus passengers were KPDNKK senior assistant director Mohd Zawawi Hussin, SPAD central region director Mohd Norhairi Mat Sidi, JPJ deputy director Adenan Mat Isa and JKJR deputy director Sahara Tawil.