UNIVERSITI Utara Malaysia (UUM) has emerged as the winner of Petron’s 6th Road Safety Programme in the Overall Institution category after a hotly contested digital competition with 83 universities and colleges involving over 9,000 students.
UUM gained the most points collected from the students’ participation and won a cash prize of RM3,000.
Second placing went to UiTM Pulau Pinang followed by Universiti Tenaga Nasional (Uniten) and they respectively took home RM2,000 and RM1,000.
In the Individual category, Uniten’s Muhamad Najmi Adha Nasir was the grand prize winner and took home RM1,000, while the second prize went to Muhammad Hazim Mohd Asri and Afza Sofiya Azahari from UiTM Puncak Alam who received RM500 each.
There were also five third prize winners, who each received RM200.
The winners were announced at the closing ceremony held at UUM in Sintok, Kedah, recently.
Prior to this, 28 participants also won the weekly prizes for achieving the highest score and best time.
Reaching out to the tech-savvy millennials, the online road safety game was a way to invite more participants to join the road safety initiative.
As a leading road safety advocate, Petron Malaysia launched the new online game in collaboration with the Malaysia Road Safety Department (JKJR) during the opening of the Road Safety Programme.
Petron corporate safety, security, health and environment manager Lokman Hani said road safety is everyone’s responsibility.
“We took a different approach to reach out to our youths to engage in them better. The online road safety game is a new learning experience for tech-savvy millennials to learn more about traffic rules, tyre safety, car maintenance and road etiquette, ” he said.
JKJR director-general Mohd Nasri Ishak said the number of deaths recorded in 2018 were 6,284 compared with 6,740 in the same corresponding period in 2017, a decrease of 456 cases or 7.25%.
“This is an indication that the initiatives by various parties to ensure the safety of road users already has a positive impact.
“JKJR as the new road safety initiative coordinator will continue to support the road safety initiatives undertaken by these parties.
“Such strategic partnerships between higher education institutions and government agencies are timely as the younger generation and future leaders will be born here.
“In this regard, the awareness of road safety implemented from the beginning should have a positive effect, ” he added.
The online digital game tested participants’ knowledge on road safety, car care and maintenance as they completed a series of online quizzes.
It was open to all universities and colleges in Malaysia and anyone with a valid student identification card could participate.
Since the launch of the road safety programme in 2014, Petron has reached out to over 15,700 students at 21 universities and colleges.
The programme is aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities) which is targetted at improving road safety awareness.
Petron Malaysia is a leading company in Malaysia’s downstream oil market.
Its 88,000 barrel-per-day Port Dickson Refinery produces a wide variety of world-class fuels which is distributed through eight terminals strategically located across the country.
Through more than 650 stations nationwide, it retails premium fuels namely Blaze 100 Euro 4M, Blaze 97 Euro 4M, Blaze 95, Turbo Diesel Euro 5 and Diesel Max.
Petron is committed to its vision to be the leading provider of total customer solutions in the oil sector and allied businesses.
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