KUALA LUMPUR: The rising road accident rate has got Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi concerned, with him appealing to road users to be extra careful.
The Deputy Prime Minister said 30,000 road accidents each year was too much to bear.
He said the only way to address the issue was for road users to practise discipline and follow all safety rules.
Dr Ahmad Zahid, who is also the Home Minister, said police operations have so far failed to curb the accident rate.
“Can you imagine what the figures will be if the trend continues for 10 years, and the losses to the country’s workforce this will result in,” he said during his speech at the Wilayah International Motofest (WIM) held at Dataran Merdeka last night.
The event attracted more than 30,000 superbikers and riders from across the country as well as participants from Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore.
He said as a biker, he knew the importance of prioritising safety at all times.
“Once we are on the bike, we have to be alert and focused,” he said, adding that the Government would continue to take measures to protect the safety of all road users.
Earlier, Dr Ahmad Zahid also visited Kedah and Kelantan.
In Kota Baru, he held a closed-door meeting with about 1,000 Kelantan Barisan Nasional workers.
He was met by Kelantan Barisan chief Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed, his deputy Datuk Ahmad Jazlan Yaakub and other Barisan leaders.
The meeting was believed to have discussed preparations for the general election.
After the meeting, he left for Tendong in Pasir Mas to attend an event with the people.
In Alor Setar, Dr Ahmad Zahid opened a week-long Ekspo Muafakat Kedah at Darul Aman Stadium.
It involved the participation of 119 government departments and the private sector, and is expected to draw about 400,000 visitors. The aim of the expo is also to serve as a platform to promote the Government’s development agenda.