BATU PAHAT: The Transport Ministry is taking a localised approach as a way to reduce the number of deaths due to road accidents here.
Minister Anthony Loke said this is by finding the factors that contributed to the accidents in Batu Pahat as a district individually.
He said Batu Pahat is one of the districts that has recorded the highest number of deaths due to road accidents in Malaysia for the past few years.
"Batu Pahat has recorded 207 deaths involving road accidents in 2016, followed by 165 deaths in 2017, 178 in 2018 and 44 in the first quarter of 2019 alone.
"There was a decrease of about 20% in the number of deaths from 2016 to 2017, which was the period when a safety campaign focusing on Batu Pahat was carried out, but the number increased in 2018 after the initiative slowed down," he said at a press conference here in Universiti Tun Hussein Onn (UTHM) Tuesday (June 18).
He added that among the areas with the highest number of fatal accidents is Federal Road 50, which is the road between Batu Pahat, Air Hitam and Kluang.
"Since it is a federal road, a lot of vehicles tend to speed at the area and the route has a lot of intersections, and it is also located near several villages.
"We also found that about 60% of road accident deaths at that route involved motorcyclists," he said.
Loke said at the moment, among ways that would help to reduce accidents at that area is by providing more dividers along the 17km road.
He also said that he would bring the matter to the relevant ministries as an allocation of at least RM300mil would be needed for the infrastructure.
"However, infrastructure alone is not enough, and we are looking into ways to educate the public about road safety.
"The highest number of road accident deaths here are among those aged between 15 and 28. We will work closely with schools and universities to bring more awareness about the matter," Loke added.