Consumerist: AES Cameras Alone Will Reduce Accidents? You Must Be Joking!

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‘Speed does not kill but recklessness and negligent driving do!
Of course, to the industry peddling such hardware costing multi millions, yes, it is an effective propaganda!

I say it again – to me as a Consumer Advocate, we need a more comprehensive data as speed itself does not kill!’

Consumerist: AES Cameras Alone Will Reduce Accidents? You Must Be Joking!

I have absolutely no objection to the proposed installation of another 1,200 Automated Enforcement System (AES) cameras at highways nationwide!

Why stop at 1,200 – go ahead and increase it 10 fold!

But first address a pertinent question!

Is the AES the silver bullet that reduces fatalities on our roads or is it not another crony get-rich-quick scheme?

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When the AES pilot project was implemented in Malaysia in 2012, a lot of questions arose among our elected members of parliament at a special sitting and briefing by the then Minister of Transport which also dealt with several amendments to the Road Transport Act which looked rather draconian!

As Malaysia’s lead consumer advocate, I received a special invitation through the BNBC and was present to participate in that briefing and I did!

I was disappointed!

Fast forward 2016 – we are revisiting this project again!

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We are told research conducted by Miros in 2014 showed that the 14 AES cameras currently installed in Perak, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya have proven to be effective in reducing road fatalities due to speeding and running a red light.

According to the institute’s findings, there was a 87.6 percent reduction in red light running violations after the cameras were installed at certain traffic light junctions at Jalan Ipoh-Kuala Kangsar and Jalan Pasir Puteh in Perak, and Jalan Klang Lama and Jalan Ipoh in Kuala Lumpur.

Can this be made public rather than as a statement as no one in their right mind today believes such narrative!

Yes, I am aware that statistics wise, a total of 489,606 road accidents occurred in 2015, compared to 476,196 in 2014.

In 2015 we are told that there were 6,706 deaths through accidents, translating to roughly 18 deaths daily due to road accidents.

But putting it that way is rather stupid and simplistic do you not think?

Speed does not kill but recklessness and negligent driving do!

Of course to the industry peddling such hardware costing millions yes it is an effective propaganda!

I say it again – to me as a Consumer Advocate we need a more comprehensive data as speed itself does not kill!

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So throwing case studies like – “wow this system had worked well in several developed countries in Europe, as well as Australia and the United States.

Globally, more than 90 countries have been using the AES since the late 1970s.

Or that in France’s AES has helped to reduce the number of deaths due to road accidents by 27 percent within three years of its implementation.

In the United Kingdom, traffic violations decreased by six percent while in Kuwait, accidents decreased by 48 percent” is all bullshit propaganda used extensively by peddling industry players!

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Is it wrong for me to ask for something more than such stupid assertions before we pay multi millions to cronies for gadgets that are not the solution and a comprehensive plan of action to educate Malaysian motorists through a multi-faceted education blitz is!

Got my drift?

                           

Pemandu teksi jangan hanya tuding jari – CASSA

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Pemandu teksi tidak boleh hanya menuding jari kepada pihak lain selepas perkhidmatan mereka tidak lagi menjadi pilihan pelanggan.

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Presiden Persatuan Pengguna Subang dan Shah Alam (CASSA), Datuk Dr Jacob George bertegas pemandu teksi tidak boleh menyalahkan pemandu Uber dan Grabcar selain terus menuduh Suruhanjaya Perkhidmatan Awam Darat (SPAD) gagal menjaga hak dan kebajikan mereka.

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“Jika nak salah SPAD dan sebagainya, saya tidak bersetuju. Sebab sejak dari dahulu apabila SPAD diwujudkan, badan ini telah menjalankan tugas mereka dengan penuh profesionalisme, dengan mengadakan perbincangan dua hala, tiga hala termasuk panggil kita ke bengkel.

“SPAD juga panggil pengguna dalam rundingan dan perbincangan,” katanya ketika dihubungi Antarapos, hari ini.

Mutakhir ini, laman internet dibanjiri video-video pemandu teksi bertindak menahan dan mengugut pemandu Uber dan Grabcar.

Mereka juga melakukan beberapa siri mogok yang menyaksikan kekesakan lalu lintas yang teruk di ibu kota baru-baru ini.

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CASSA seterusnya menggesa pemandu dan syarikat teksi agar mempelajari strategi yang digunapakai syarikat Uber dan Grabcar dalam menawan hati pelanggan selain mengubah kebiasaan mereka melayan penumpang.

“Mereka bekerjasama dengan perkhidmatan Uber dan Grabcar. Belajar apa yang pihak ini beri (perkhidmatan) dan menggunakannya di perkhidmatan mereka. Contohnya (bekerja) secara ‘fast track’ dan sebagainya.

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“Malah jika kerajaan boleh beri khidmat secara terus kepada pemandu teksi dan mengenepikan syarikat-syarikat gergasi, mereka juga boleh menjadi seperti Uber dan Grabcar.

“Gunakan kenderaan secara terus dari kerajaan dan perlu bayar jumlah tertentu kepada syarikat-syarikat gergasi ini yang tidak buat kerja,” katanya lagi.

Untuk rekod baru-baru ini SPAD mengumumkan perkhidmatan teksi bakal menjalani transformasi, termasuk pengenalan sistem tunggal baharu menerusi online dan aplikasi telefon mudah alih yang lebih bersepadu.

Timbalan Menteri Pengangkutan, Datuk Abdul Aziz Kaprawi, berkata ia bagi membolehkan perkhidmatan teksi negara ditambah baik selain meningkatkan imej perkhidmatan berkenaan dalam kalangan masyarakat.

Katanya, Kementerian Pengangkutan dan SPAD giat memperincikan sistem baharu serta butiran transformasi berkenaan sebelum diumumkan.

                           

Consumerist: Thank You PM Najib For Taking The Lead To Address Haze Issues!

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“Najib is not in the business of play acting – he is committed to holistic change of issues affecting Malaysian Consumers and among the issues are, the present haze problem!”

Consumerist: Thank You PM Najib For Taking The Lead To Address Haze Issues!

There is always a difference between leaders and opportunists predators in public office!

Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak in all the times I have known him, is a leader with a difference.

He says and boasts not!

He does not beat up war drums either!

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He is more interested in addressing issues of all consumers and the nation in silent effective diplomacy and walking the phones and in person, issues that are currently affecting all Malaysians be they the cost of living, employment, health, housing, environment issues of other issues that comes up day to day!

And that is clearly shown when Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak advised the public to reduce outdoor activities due to the current haze in the country.

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He is hands on and states that he is aware that the haze in several states in Malaysia is at unhealthy level!

He takes it a step further by advising Malaysian consumers to wear face masks if they needed to carry out activities outdoor.

And why because he is aware that the haze situation continues to deteriorate with four areas recording very unhealthy readings on the Air Pollutant Index (API).

According to the Department of Environment (DOE), Shah Alam recorded the highest API at 225, followed by Port Klang (230); Batu Muda, Kuala Lumpur (241) and Petaling Jaya (207).

That is on the local domestic level!

Internationally he has already and continues to walk the phones to all stakeholders to address this problem that poses a health and economic threat to the region!

Were you aware that Najib previously had called on science experts at an international conference to find a solution to the annual haze problem afflicting the region.

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If you missed that – let me remind you that after delivering his speech and launching the 3rd Meeting of The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economies’ Chief Science Advisors and Equivalents in the city centre, Premier Najib returned to the podium to make the request saying things close to his heart when he continued:

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“I would like to add something on the haze… we have suffered from the haze problem for 18 years and I hope our science advisors can advise the countries concerned on how to cope with slash and burns and how do you prevent fire in peat lands, whether it’s deliberate or due to climate change.

“I will be very interested to know your advice so in turn I can raise this at the APEC and ASEAN summits,” and he told this to the audience at the Hilton Hotel then attending that conference!

Did he stop there – certainly No!

On October 11, during his two-day official visit to neighboring Indonesia, Najib pledged to help Indonesia fight forest fires blanketing Southeast Asia in haze as foreign aircraft joined operations to douse the blazes.

He then stated:

“We consider the haze a serious issue as it’s a burden to Malaysians and Indonesians,” international news wire Agence France-Presse (AFP) quoted Najib telling reporters in Jakarta.
Which received a quick response from the Indonesian President!

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On September 29, the BBC reported Indonesian president Joko Widodo as saying that the haze problem cannot be solved quickly, with the latter also saying that measures such as building water reserves and canals in the forest, as well as better legal enforcement against burning in forests are being taken.

“You will see results soon and in three years we will have solved this,” he was quoted as telling the BBC.

Yes, Premier Najib is fully aware and still addressing to find solutions to the haze issue that had forced Malaysia to order a closure of schools in certain states several times, caused economic loss, and disruption to life activities and flights and brief airport closures.

This is what we want, a premier who cares and addressing all the moving parts and stakeholders to solve issues both big and small for all Malaysians and the residents of this region which includes Singapore!

                           

Consumerist: US FDA BANS OUR SEA FOOD!

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We must take responsibility!
We cannot say this is arranged on a willing buyer, willing seller basis or a “private arrangement.

Consumerist: US FDA BANS OUR SEA FOOD!

Some Malaysian politicians have greatly developed the skill to say the most idiotic and stupid statement that one can think of!

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One of the statements involve questions that one claims one wants to raise with the United States’ Food and Drug Administration (FDA) its move to place shrimp and prawns from peninsular Malaysia on “import alert” over the alleged presence of banned antibiotics in the seafood.

Malaysia is one of the top 10 exporters of prawns and shrimps to the US.

According to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the country imported 8,311 metric tonnes of shrimp from Malaysia last year.

A controversy erupted after the US FDA tested 138 samples of shrimp and prawns from peninsular Malaysia.

The FDA notice said prawns and shrimp from Sabah and Sarawak were exempted from the import alert.

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Strangely again one does not want to take responsibility for woes and blunders under one’s watch and that too is a Malaysian political tradition!

Who can forget that statement – “an act of god!” made by a former senior minister now nationally retired but still playing political games?

In this case it surrounds the export of frozen prawns from Malaysia to the United States which was found to contain very high residues of nitrofuran and chloramphenicol both antibiotics which I fought to get banned in animal feed in the 90’s – with strong support from the then Minister of Health, Chua Jui Meng, a colleague!

Officially these drugs are banned in Malaysia but still strongly suspected used by irresponsible industry players to help prevent disease in prawns and shrimps!

As I stated in all my road shows over local and international media that includes TV, Radio and the print media!

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We must take responsibility!

We cannot say this is arranged on a willing buyer, willing seller basis or a “private arrangement”.

We need to immediately set up a task force to investigate, protocols and guidelines and regular audits failing which worse may arise.

I will initiate this immediately:

1. Set up a special committee of advocates and professionals to control the export of prawns to the US including tightening conditions at processing plants which must be approved by MOH.

2. Agriculture and Agro-based Industry should now immediately take control of issuing Certificate of Origin for prawns from the Chamber of Commerce.

3. There must be an immediate tightening conditions at processing plants which must be approved by MOH.

So are we ready for drastic response or will we again try to sweep such massive blunders under a thick carpet thinking no one knows, no one watching?

                           

Consumerist: Are We Addressing Corruption, Really?

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‘When you fight against corruption, corrupt systems and peddlers of corruption, whoever they are, you are targeted, you will get death threats as I have – not once, but, a zillion times in my career in consumerism and as Malaysia’s lead consumer advocate!

But, do we stop in fear or should we be motivated to do more, showing the perpetrators, we fear no evil!’

Consumerist: Are We Addressing Corruption, Really?

The report read – Medicines worth RM1.2 Million stolen from a public hospital!

Another report read Officer who stole RM1 Million let off and a third read A billion ringgit airport or swimming pool and a fourth RM12 million paid to dead army veterans!

Then there is that RM100 Million story and others bigger!

It can go on and on and I cannot but feel ashamed as we are not having a conversation on corruption but on pigs, cows, frogs, belittling minority religions, racial and religious baiting,  and blowing beyond rational and proportions issues for a narrow racist, fascist political agenda!

It is embarrassing, silly and stupid to put it politely and how did we get here?