DESPITE FATALITIES ON MALAYSIAN ROADS WIDE BROAD HYPOCRISY CONTINUES SAYS MALAYSIAN ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST!

DESPITE FATALITIES ON MALAYSIAN ROADS WIDE BROAD HYPOCRISY CONTINUES SAYS MALAYSIAN ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST!

I have always stated that the wrongdoers in Malaysia – those, who break the laws of the land, know the government policymakers psyche far too well!

It goes like this and it is a SOP that is today entrenched in our lives, sadly.

There is disaster, structures collapse, road caves in, train accidents, bus lorry plunges a ravine kills many, it can be fatalities on Malaysian highways, or the road carnage when overloaded heavy vehicles, many with retread tyres, drivers tired speeding to make repeat trips or others who have traffic violation and pending summons, many among them addicted to various forms of substance abuse are on our roads!

We must also take into account, the illegally modified vehicles speeding on the same stretched undeterred!

If one wants to analyze the reasons for these accidents, they could be any of these:
1. Urbanization
2. Poor safety standards
3. Corruption & lack f enforcement
4. Distraction/fatigue/substance abuse/drunk driving/speeding
5. Parental Negligence or recklessness!

The statute – the Road Transport Act has enough provisions to address and curtail this menace but there is a big ‘If’ on enforcement!

And because they are still on the road, they are a threat to life and limb of every law abiding road and highway user!

And immediately after fatalities, the SOP is, we have ministers, politicians the media falling or pushing and promising change, fearing public backlash, but, the change does not come, because of lobbyists and sitting politicians pussyfoot on the change needed, because they then speak not for the country but for the various interest groups and base they actually represent!

The latest is the issue on child car seats and the uncompromising need for it!

I congratulate the efforts of the Ministry of the Transport, for spearheading this development, and the Women, Family, and Community Development ministry for the proactive statements coming from them on the same!

There are still idiots attacking its implementation, which I found out when I was on a live television talk show, this week!
In many global jurisdictions, the laws pertaining to child car seats have been tabled passed and enforced without compromise!

In the US alone, between 1975 and 2008 more than 9000 children were indeed saved because of its non-compromising implementation!

Malaysia is home to about 32 million and perhaps a few more millions of both documented and those undocumented.
We can safely say that one third of the population is made up of children.

Malaysia has made great strides in reducing child poverty, eradicating diseases, legislation protecting children and access to education!

But what are we doing about child safety issues?

As far as accidents are concerned Malaysia is the third largest in this part of the world behind both Thailand and Vietnam.
Globally, we are among 25 most dangerous countries for road users.

We are advised that for every child that dies of dengue 30 die on the road.

Dangerous road stretches include those in Selangor, Johor, Kuala Lumpur, the national highways and several rural roads.

In several countries there is no argument against the introduction to child seats to protect children but sadly here in Malaysia there are silly, stupid statements made by many quarters and among them:
1. I have far too many little children, so must I buy seven seats and where do I put them in my small car?
2. I cannot afford a child seat.
3. You must give us more time for its implementation!
4. I trust God and if God wants my child dead it will happen even with child seats!
5. If the government wants to implement this ruling they should subsidize its costs as well.

No one wants to know that in 2016, accidents were the 4th cause of death after, heart disease, Pneumonia and Cerebrovascular disease.

Currently, I acknowledge that there is no laws mandating the use of child car seats, and, the announcement that January 1st 2020 will see its advent to me is hilarious, as I foresee a delay in its no compromise implementation, like all other implementations which includes the No Smoking Drive in public spaces,because of the hypocrisy and double speak among those expected to protect the public interest rather than that one of political expediency and self-interest!

Some scream out, we need more time – seriously?

I have been in the service of consumer interests for over 40 years and we have always pushed for the 5Es!
1. Education
2. Enforcement
3. Engineering for Social and Legal policies for child protection
4. Initiating an Environmental Eco-System for Child Protection.
5. Evaluation to audit that we keep up with the latest and current universal standards without compromise.

But we cannot continue if there is neither political will nor courage by lawmakers and enforcers to walk the talk!

With helmets, wearing seat belts and child seats, one’s risk of death is reduced, so forgive me, if I find those obstructing its strict implementation to be a bunch of hypocrites, idiots and morons, whose negligence and recklessness would be taken to task without fear nor favor, in any civilized law abiding country!

WILL LESSONS BEEN LEARNT AND BOLD HOLISTIC CHANGES TO BE MADE FOLLOWING PH TRASHING AT TANJUNG PIAI ASKS MALAYSIA, ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST?

WILL LESSONS BEEN LEARNT AND BOLD HOLISTIC CHANGES TO BE MADE FOLLOWING PH TRASHING AT TANJUNG PIAI ASKS MALAYSIA, ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST?

After a quiet and ‘under the radar’ walk-a-bout at ground zero, I had shared with a media friend, on location that the incumbents are in for a trashing instead, of a speculated win by 7000 vote margin!

Being a seasoned journalist and one at many power epicenters, she agreed.

And the incumbents nightmare came through, as we had predicted when the BN, represented by MCA’s Wee Jeck Seng, won by a whopping 15,086-vote majority against Harapan’s Karmaine Sardini, who is from Bersatu.

Jeck Seng garnered 25,466 votes to Karmaine’s 10,380 votes.

In the run up to the by-election, at Tanjung Piai, which became the epicenter of activity from the quiet town it is, with ministerial and politicians visits, and the “coincidences” of funds for various developments projects in quick succession!

Even the family of the late Member of Parliament, was brought into the narrative with messages, which bordered on emotional blackmail?

Nothing was sacred!

It was obvious to us that PH were copying the same script, which they spoke and preached against prior to GE14!

While those expected to act as guardians of elections, were alleged to be silent when million ringgit goodies were announced.

While this was going on, the irony and hypocrisy was there were many articles written by the DAP elites continuing the blame game, talking about kleptocrats, corruption, the abuse of power when the same perception was felt in this run up.

Generally, premiers do not go down to help, by-election candidates, and, in this case, one that is certainly not critical or threatening the balance of power of the incumbents!

Thus the pertinent question asked, post this humiliating thrashing, is why despite the Prime Ministers presence and his undertaking a personal campaign to the extent of writing a personal letter had failed miserably to change the outcome.

However, it remains to be seen, if this is humbling enough, to initiate resignations, a cabinet reshuffle, or a new leadership line-up, which follows a PH spring cleaning exercise with the critical need at the removal of dead wood politicians, ministers and one spearheading holistic policy directions.

If no systemic change come, will we see the once outspoken and committed to social and natural justice platform DAP leave the PH coalition?

Or will the DAP and PKR elites now enjoying the perks of GE14 victory delay and pussyfoot to protect personal and private interests to that of the grassroots and Malaysian community who voted them into power?

Whether right or a wrong analysis, it is currently viewed that the whole PH narrative seems to be dictated by Bersatu and Tun Mahathir, to the detriment of the whole reform agenda of the other allies.

And the elegant silence of the elites in the DAP and PKR causing grave anxiety to voters!

The fact is this is a humiliating and crushing defeat for a Mahathir nominee!

It is a strong signal of dissent by voters against the form and substance of both Mahathir and the PH!

There is room for only one decision to be made.

And that is a demonstrably genuine return to foster and promote the aspirations of PH as declared during its inception and prior to GE14!

It is also time for that father-son apologist’s combo to stop in view the trouncing PH got at the hands of the voters!

The result is not because voters love kleptocrats, the abuse of power, and those peddlers of the 3R, corruption and corrupt politicians!

Voters are still committed to making Malaysia a leading nation of integrity regardless of race, religion or region!

And I believe that even former Umno vice president Hishammuddin Hussein when commenting on BN’s landslide win in the Tanjung Piai by-election exceeding expectations stated quite clearly that while the result was overwhelming, it was time to get back to the right track and not be arrogant!

So basically this is a wakeup call to both the incumbents at Putrajaya and those who lost power at GE14 to seek holistic and not cosmetic change!

For this to happen, both the PH and BN will have to show their commitment to Malaysia as a leading nation of integrity regardless of race, religion or region!

I am certain there will be by-elections coming soon, which will again send messages to the recalcitrant, and, let us pray that the rights, interests and real needs of all Malaysians are taken instead of the political shenanigans, race and religion baiters and foreigners/outsiders who have no right to be here muddling in our country’s affairs!