MELAKA: Melaka has revived the formerly defunct Road Safety Council (MJKR) in view of the increasing number of road fatalities in the state.
The functions of MJKR, according to Chief Minister Datuk Seri Sulaiman Md Ali, are still critical in identifying accident-prone areas and reducing the number of deaths.
“We need to keep our roads safe as a popular tourist spot and to prevent fatalities.
“Hence, I have restarted MJKR and also put forward a proposal for the agency to work with relevant stakeholders, including the private sector, to slash accident rates in the state,” he said after launching a road safety campaign in conjunction with Chinese New Year at Ayer Keroh here yesterday.
The event was organised by the Melaka Road Transport Department (JPJ), and MJKR was relaunched during the event.
Motorcyclists, according to Sulaiman, contributed to the greatest casualty rates in the state, and the state must encourage riders to consider their safety when on the road.
“The rate of traffic accidents is worrying in the state,” he said adding that awareness campaigns are important.