Airbags may be a must


  • Nation
  • Sunday, 21 Nov 2010

KUALA LUMPUR: Airbags might be made a compulsory feature in all road vehicles to help cushion the impact on drivers and front-seat passengers in the event of an accident.

The Transport Ministry will forward a suggestion to the Govern­ment to make this a regulation.

Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha said such a safety feature could reduce road accident injuries and deaths.

“Many countries have already made it compulsory for vehicles to have airbags,” he said after opening the COTY 2U CARnival at the Matrade Convention Centre here yesterday.

Citing a recent incident near Seremban, he said the backseat passengers of a car involved in the accident were killed while those in the front survived because of the airbags in the car.

“That proved the airbag is an effective safety feature,” Kong said.

On another matter, Kong said the international passenger service charge (PSC) at certain airports in the country would be reduced from RM51 to RM26 from Dec 1.

The reduction applies to flights to any Asean point from secondary airports that include Alor Setar, Bintulu, Ipoh, Kuala Terengganu, Kota Baru, Kuantan, Labuan, Lahad Datu and Limbang.

Other airports on the list are Malacca, Miri, Mulu, Pangkor, Redang, Sandakan, Sibu, Tawau and Tioman.

Kong said the move was in line with the single aviation market initiative being undertaken by Asean countries.

In GEORGE TOWN, the state government said it was unhappy that the Penang International Airport had been left out of the PSC reduction.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, who claimed it was unfair asked: “Why is Penang left out?

“For the past eight years, the state has been contributing RM25.7bil in taxes and we got back grants totalling only RM794mil.

“They do not want to give us money, and when others get discounts, we are not eligible.

“That is totally unfair. Penang cannot be neglected. We have not been getting what is due to us,” Lim said after opening newly refurbished medical wards, a nurse’s station and an administration office at the Silver Jubilee Home for the Aged yesterday.

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