DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL OR DRUGS – NO SELECTIVE PROSECUTION PLEASE BOTH CRITICAL SAYS MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST DR JACOB GEORGE.
‘What is needed is dedicated, uncompromising enforcement not more legislation and political rhetoric!
I have always said – give me a team of professional, dedicated, corrupt free officers enforcing the law without fear or favor and there you have the remedy for all the ills on our Malaysian roads and highways – period!’ Dr Jacob George
Hello Malaysia and the world!
Statute and legislation are not silver bullets!
The country has more than enough laws.
But our enforcement agencies are incompetent or compromised and that is a diluted interpretation!
So unless we address that elephant in the room, we are screwed big time, even if we have on paper, the most draconian legislation!
Some racists’ elements in Malaysia scream for action against drunk driving but silent about those under the influence of drugs of all forms?
What about those certainly under substance abuse on motorcycles, driving lorries, heavy vehicles many over-loaded, buses and other vehicles where the passengers are the members of the public?
The collateral damage other innocent road and highway users is mounting today!
What about the mat rempits and dangerous reckless riding by them, and their criminal behavior when in herds and packs when they threaten others on the road or highways?
For example, a 16-year boy was riding a motorcycle with no license, insurance, lights and he is hit at a junction by a car exiting in a dark alley.
Guess who gets fined?
What has happened to the once promised sudden checks on roads and highways, on the influence of drugs and substance on motorcycle riders, lorries, heavy vehicles many over-loaded, buses and other vehicles on our roads?
Is there now pressure from those advocating selective prosecution to bypass drug abuse on the roads because statistics shows who the demography abusing drugs are in the country while going after alcohol abuse be a diversion?
So I am all the more supportive for heavier punishments for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs!
I am indeed glad having lobbied for this for over three decades that the government has agreed in principle to tighten existing laws on driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs!
I am indeed happy and I went on record in a recent talk-show on TV3 praising Transport Minister Anthony Loke’s efforts on road safety and his desire to address the road carnage in Malaysia!
My humble advice to the Minister is we can have the review and discussions but let us not waste valuable time!
Let us tighten the law on the driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs!
Let us tighten sections 41, 44 and 45 of the Road Transport Act 1987!
We already have a great law and under section 44, individuals who drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs that result in death or injury can be sentenced to three to ten years in prison and fined between RM8,000 and RM20,000.
It would be foolish to think that increasing the penalties is going to change mindsets!
We have death penalty for drug trafficking and yet have we solved this heinous crime?
What is needed is dedicated, uncompromising enforcement not more legislation and political rhetoric!
I have always said – give me a team of professional, dedicated, corrupt free officers enforcing the law without fear or favor and there you have the remedy for all the ills on our Malaysian roads and highways – period!