KARAK: It’s a go-ahead for the implementation of the Demerit Points System – the Kejara – which could see the suspension and even cancellation of driving licences by drivers who flout traffic rules.
Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said it would expedite the implementation of Kejara to ensure that motorists strictly follow traffic laws and regulations.
“We will implement Kejara (because it makes) motorists obey the rules and traffic procedures, indirectly creating more awareness on road safety, and build better road culture,” he said.
The ministry, said Liow, was in the midst of gathering public feedback on Kejara as well as the Automated Enforcement System (AES) until next month.
“We have the system. The JPJ (Road Transport Department) is building up the software and capability to implement it effectively,” he said at a Chinese New Year gathering with residents from Taman Bukit Dinding here yesterday.
Road accident and death rates, he said, had become a very serious issue in Malaysia, adding that despite the Government conducting many road safety campaigns, it still failed to bring down figures.
Malaysia, he said, had ratified almost all the recommendations by the United Nations on road safety measures.
“We are working with the other agencies and private sector to respond to the UN’s initiatives in reducing road accidents,” he added.
On the Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar’s recommendation to increase traffic fines, Liow said this was only one of the measures that could reduce traffic accidents and fatality rates.
However, he said to effectively reach that goal, this had to be implemented together with other methods such as the Kejara and AES, adding that the ministry was adopting a multi-points approach on this matter.
Earlier, Liow, who is also Bentong MP, visited four families whose homes were destroyed in a 1.20pm fire in Taman Karak here before handing over RM500 in financial aid each.
A committee comprising local residents had been set up to provide help to the victims, he said.
He later attended a Chinese New Year celebration with the residents from Taman Gemilang and Taman Bukit Indah in Bentong.
Earlier, Liow attended the Lunar New Year open house of Tenaga Nasional Berhad, during which hundreds of guests were treated to a variety of food and entertained by, among others, a lion dance troupe and an acrobatic group from China.