MOTORCYCLE helmets were given out to B40 families during a safety advocacy programme by Jambatan Kedua Sdn Bhd (JKSB) at its operations office in Batu Kawan on mainland Penang.
The 30 recipients were students from SK Batu Kawan and their parents.
JKSB chief executive officer Faisal Shahbudin said the new helmets had safety features certified by Sirim in addition to light reflection stickers for added visibility.
Penang Road Transport Department (JPJ) deputy director Shahrul Azhar Md Dali, who was also present, said they were concerned about the sharp increase in deaths and serious injuries due to road accidents this year.
“About 65% of the fatalities involved motorcycle riders and most of them were youths between the ages of 16 and 29.”
Housewife Rosiah Ariffin, 54, and her 12-year-old son Mohd Akmal Hilmi were happy to be presented with a Sirim-certified helmet each.
“My husband is self-employed and I have to take care of six children. I am thankful to get the new helmets for free,” said Rosiah.
K. Saravanan, 44, who is a machine operator with Penang Port Sdn Bhd, and his daughter S. Parvina, 11, received helmets too.
He thanked JKSB and JPJ for organising the safety campaign, adding that it would have been too costly to buy the high quality helmets himself.
Also present were JKSB deputy general manager (operations) Hussin Mohammad and JPJ road safety and corporate unit chief Shahrul Harun. — By M. SIVANANTHA SHARMA