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Malaysian government has recently announced its target of reducing road fatalities by 50 per cent by the year 2030.

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Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong recently announced again Malaysia’s dedication to the United Nations 2nd Decade of Action for Road Safety 2021-2023, with the target of reducing road fatalities by 50 per cent by the year 2030. This is now the 3rd time I’ve heard this same announcement from three different transport ministers. Originally, the plan was to cut road fatalities by 50 per cent by 2020. However, even with the MCO in place for most of 2020, making the data almost completely irrelevant, Malaysia only managed to drop from 6167 road fatalities in 2019 to 4634 in 2020. Between 2003 and 2019, the number hadn’t dropped below 6000, let alone getting anywhere near 50 per cent. So, are we to believe Malaysia’s roads would get drastically safer in the next ten years, thanks to this new announcement?

I’m sceptical, to say the least. I’d explain why.

Only three weeks earlier, I read a slightly different announcement; Senior Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof remarked that: “All new highway projects, including three in the Klang Valley, would not get any allocations from the government.” Saying that: “…costs of these projects and any risks involved would have to be fully borne by the concessionaires……”

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交通部长拿督斯里魏家祥博士近日再次宣布,马来西亚致力于联合国 2021-2023 年第二个道路安全行动十年,目标是到 2030 年将道路死亡人数减少 50%。这已经是我第三次从三位不同的交通部长那里听到了同样的声明。最初的计划是到 2020 年将道路交通事故死亡人数减少 50%。然而,即使在2020年的大部分时间里都在实施行管令,数据因此变得几乎毫无关联,马来西亚的道路交通事故死亡人数只是从2019年的 6,167人减少到 2020年的4,634人。从2003年到 2019年,这个数字并没有下降至 6千人以下,更别说接近50%了。那么,即便有了这项新公告,我们是否就能相信马来西亚的道路在未来十年会变得更加安全?


就在三周前,我读到了一个略为不同的公告。高级工程部长拿督斯里法迪拉尤索夫(Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof)表示:“所有新的高速公路项目,包括巴生谷的三个项目都不会获得政府的任何拨款。”他说:“……这些项目的成本和所涉及的任何风险都必须由特许经营商全额承担……。”


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