‘No excuse to avoid using child safety seats’

Dr Afif (right) being briefed by Thurkah Devi on child safety seats after attending the appreciation ceremony for road safety volunteers in conjunction with the Chinese New Year.

THE public is urged to comply with the government’s announcement that child safety seats are compulsory for private vehicles beginning this year to protect infants and children.

Penang health, agriculture and agro-based industry and rural development committee chairman Dr Afif Bahardin said there would be no compromise on the child restraint system (CRS) usage, which is an important safety element.

“The issue of additional cost in fixing the CRS should not be an excuse as lives cannot be measured by money.

“In an effort to move towards a developed nation status, such steps should be carried out, ” said Dr Afif, who is also Seberang Jaya assemblyman.

He was speaking to reporters after attending an appreciation ceremony for road safety volunteers in conjunction with Chinese New Year at Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM) Seberang Jaya near Butterworth recently.

The event was jointly organised by the Road Safety Department (JKJR) and its strategic partners with FMM.

Dr Afif also said he was confident that JKJR would increase their efforts in monitoring and increasing public awareness on the issue of drunk driving.

It became a concern for the Penang government following several accidents that resulted in injuries and also deaths.

“As such, the state government will look into policies to review the sale of alcohol to the public.

“To me, alcohol in Penang and other states is easily available compared to other countries and at the same time, there are restrictions on the time to consume it.

“Here in Malaysia, even at 5am, the availability of alcohol is there.

“I am also looking into the local councils and have called them for discussion. Currently, the matter is still under study, ” he said.(From right)

Meanwhile, Penang JKJR director M. Thurkah Thevi said the road safety event was a voluntary programme held in conjunction with the Chinese New Year celebrations.

The event, which was held for the first time, received overwhelming support from the volunteers that comprised volunteer firefighters, auxiliary police, Road Safety Council (MKJR) volunteers, JKJR volunteers, and members from the Malaysian Red Crescent Society, Pertubuhan Sukarelawan Kebajikan JKM Negeri Pulau Pinang (SPU), Utara Riders and Rela.

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