BERITA Harian reported that vocational course certificates for public service vehicle drivers have been sold to those who did not attend the course.
Malaysian Schoolbus Operators Association president Chee Ah Tey was quoted as saying that the certificates could be obtained at RM30 each from the course organiser.
“We regret such practices. Such activities can hamper the Government’s intention to produce ethical drivers,” he said.
Chee said the Road Transport Department (JPJ) should act firmly and monitor the situation to prevent any wrongdoing.
He said the course, which was made compulsory for drivers who obtained the Public Vehicle Licence before Aug 25, 1998, was conducted by the department and driving institutes.
Chee added that the course was effective as it exposed drivers to road regulations and inculcated good driving culture and ethics.
Chee was responding to last week's accident involving a chartered bus and a schoolbus at the Jalan Kuala Lipis-Merapoh which killed 14 people.
He said the JPJ should investigate the possibility of a syndicate involving its staff or driving institutes selling the certificates.
“There are drivers of public vehicles who bought the certificates. This will not improve their driving and they will continue to be negligent and accident rates involving public vehicle drivers will not drop,” Chee added.
He proposed that the JPJ and the police set up a commission to assess the performance of public vehicle drivers.
Berita Harian reported that Tabung Haji was expected to pay out higher dividends to its 4.52 million depositors, of whom 200,000 are new, compared to last year’s dividend of 3.5%.
Its chairman Tan Sri Zainol Mahmood said the board could pay a higher dividend following the improved economic situation and good returns on Tabung Haji investments.
Last year, Tabung Haji, with a total fund of RM10bil, paid out RM346.1mil in dividends.