KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian road users need to change their attitude when driving to lower the high accident rate, especially during the festive season, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said.
“We know the main cause of accidents is attitude. It is because people are careless, arrogant, irresponsible, hasty and inconsiderate. Such attitudes need to be changed,” he added.
He said this in his speech, when launching a messaged postcard distribution and anti-accident campaign jointly organised by Persatuan Sosial Hati ke Hati Malaysia and Rakan Muda at the Kuala Lumpur-Karak Highway's Gombak toll plaza here yesterday.
He said the image of Malaysian drivers was very bad and steps should be taken to improve it.
“The high number of vehicles, which can test the patience and ethics of drivers, should not be an excuse for drivers to throw their values and courtesy out of the window,” he said.
Najib said 14 million vehicles were expected to be on the road during the coming festive season, out of which, 77,000 were newly registered vehicles.
“Although losses from road accidents amount to billions, we will never be able to know the actual amount because it involves human lives and in some circumstances, families lose their sole breadwinner or parents their child,” he said.
Najib said the message to drive safely must be driven into road users repeatedly.
“We will have to use all channels to ensure that this message reaches all drivers,” he added.
He said non-government organisations played an important role in helping the Government get this message across to drivers.
He lauded the association's simple formula “Sabar + Cermat = Selamat” (Patience + Care = Safety) which should be practised by every driver.
“Please do not let happy occasions like Deepavali or Hari Raya become a tragic time for our loved ones,” said Najib.