Monday, 5 October 2015

Less deaths, only more traffic they said

This is a Bernama report I saw just now,

Fatal Road Accidents Dip In First Nine Months Of Year

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 5 (Bernama) -- The number of fatal road accidents declined although road accidents rose by 1.2 per cent in the first nine months of this year, says the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM).

Bukit Aman Traffic Police chief Datuk Mohd Fuad Abdul Latif said some 361,408 road accidents were recorded from January to September, a rise of 4,116 cases compared to the corresponding period last year.

However, the number of fatal road accidents declined by 4.3 per cent to 4,573 cases compared to 4,779 cases in the corresponding period last year.

"The number of deaths declined by 3.9 per cent to 4,940 victims compared to 5,138 victims last year," he told a press conference at Bukit Aman here, today.

Motorcyclists and pillion riders were the highest casualties with 3,098 deaths.

Mohd Fuad said the accidents by category were municipal roads (up 2.4 per cent), state roads (up 3.1 percent) and federal roads (down 2.9 per cent.)

Selangor, Johor, Kuala Lumpur and Penang had the highest number of road accidents while Perlis, Kelantan, Terengganu and Sabah had the least number.

A total of 57,778 arrest warrants were executed compared to the 310,793 arrest warrants issued during the same period.


Well, I guess that's good news for some.

"Only" 4,940 people died on our roads in the first nine months of this year as compared to 5,138 for the same period last year.

A "decline" by 3.9 per cent. That's a "dip" as according to the title of the Bernama report.

That also means every day so far this year, an average of just about over 17 people died on Malaysian roads which is "lower" than the average 19 which I was told by a friend from the Transport Ministry the other day.

So, no need to be too worried is it?

Let's hope there will be no more people dying on our roads this month and in November and December.

That should be good for the statistics.

Yea, I guess I was over-reacting in my previous few postings about fatal traffic accidents in this country.

No wonder they cut down the budget for road safety campaign as reported by Rocky here,

19 deaths a day and you know who you can blame?


I hear the government's budget on road safety campaigns has been cut drastically over the years. Why is that so? And where are the corporate citizens, shouldn't they be concerned, too?

But unfortunately, according to the Bernama report, the number of traffic accidents increased to 381, 408 so far this year. That's 4,116 more than for the same period last year.

I guess that means more people were injured.

Okay lah, only more injured what, less deaths.

So, this time I'm not going to put a video of people dying on the roads.

Instead I'm putting a video of a guy being "only" injured in a traffic accident, and how he was being treated after that,

Salute to the medical personnel.

That Dr James Bond in the video is better in my opinion than James Bond the spy character. He saves lives.

I hope our medical people are as good or better at treating people injured in such traffic accidents.

Based on the statistics, I think we needed the best.


  1. In a list of 172 countries, Malaysia falls No.34 in the number of ROAD TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS, Death Rate Per 100,000.

    Among the highest group of 43 countries. Mostly the middle income countries.

    The worst is Iran - maybe because of their rush to be a nuclear power, hindered by US etc, haha. Among the lowest is Cuba - the communist island country has very few cars, many are dilapidated rickety American cars imported over 50 years ago. Actually, the actual reasons may be googled.

    Thailand the worst among major Asean countries: Thailand No.14, Malaysia 34, Indonesia 72, Philippines 123. Singapore? No need to compare lah, they are an island, the longest road is only 25 miles!

  2. Watch out, Annie, motorcycle riders (including pillion riders) had the most fatal road accidents - 59%. But these are 1995 figures. You may google for the latest.

    Fifty percent or more of road deaths in cities involve pedestrians. 60% of all fatal road accidents involve motorcyclists (4). Motorcycle riders (including pillion passengers) sustain substantially more deaths and serious injuries than any other groups of road users accounting for 3362 (59%) of all traffic accident deaths in Malaysia in 1995. -

    1. Can the gomen design a net that can be thrown over the daredevil motorbikers who speed to beat the amber traffic lights? And automatically throw them into a lion den after doing that, hehe

  3. Definitely deaths from traffic accidents ar on the increase. From an average of 16 per day in 1999 to 19 now.

    On the average, 16 persons died from these road accidents, every single day in 1999. Lack of attention, reckless driving, lack of proper protection, speeding, bad personal habits, social and behavioral misconduct and inconsiderate drivers of larger vehicles are some of the problems that cause accidents. In Malaysia, motorcycle fatal accidents (60%) warrant a high degree of concern.

    According to the Director General of Road Transport Department in Malaysia, 40% of road accidents in the country is caused by following the front vehicles too closely, 26% dangerous cornering, 13% dangerous overtaking and 12% over speeding.

    1. Bila gamen nak rancang apa nak buat, kena pikior yang banyak "kejor traffic lights" dan menyebabkan kemalangan di jalan raya pada umum nya ia lah yang umnur 20-30an. Saya nampak sendiri ramai camtu.

      Sapa tak sutuju, cakap di sini. Kita bincang.

    2. Gomen tak cukup duit nak buat traffic light. Yang banyak mati simpang taada traffic light.

    3. Statistic for the motocycle accidents must be more detailed.

  4. Aiseh, Annie, real James Bonds save a lot of lives. Especially when they steal secrets on planned attacks of cities like during World War II. They try to thwart the enemy and/or ready fighter aircraft to defend like in the Battle of Britain.

    Ian Fleming, author of the books in the James Bond series that James Bond films were based upon, was himself a real-life James Bond or Spy Master of the British Secret Service, MI6.

    He'd come out of his grave staring at you Sean Connery-James Bond-style if you belittle their services to King and Country. But Knighted Sean Connery using the title Sir doesn't sound macho, handsome and debonnaire, innit? A Secret Agent in tuxedo frequenting casinos with a bevy of beautiful girls, where got Sir one.

    1. Yang Dato boleh jadi James Bond ke? Mcm Dato Ikan Bakar, Dato Tukang Masak, Dato Pelawak dll.

      Yang nak perli Dato mcm tuh, tiada ma'af bagi mu, kata filem Dato Jins Shamsuddin (dah Tan Sri ke dia?)

    2. Secret Agents cannot get Sir and Dato titles. Otherwise people ask what he did to get the titles? Pecah rahsia.

      Never mind about Dato Ikan Bakar, Dato Tukang Masak, Dato Pelawak etc.


    Doctor my eyes have seen the years
    And the slow parade of fears without crying
    Now I want to understand

    I have done all that I could
    To see the evil and the good without hiding
    You must help me if you can

  6. the doctor james bond is a better james bond than the spy james bond...hmmm...i see

    >james bond

  7. "I hear the government's budget on road safety campaigns has been cut drastically over the years. Why is that so?"

    Why not so? The Government has spent so much on 1MDB and BRIM hand-outs that it has not much more left. Go to take from rakyat by GST. Me no unnerstand Najib. Olely kena Chinese tsunami, now want to kena sommore cause of GST ka?

    Red the following on Malaysia growth rate foecast reduced from 6% to 4.7% -

    Malaysia’s growth is expected to ease this year amid intensifying downside risks from a potential slowdown in China’s economy, the impending US interest rate hike, weak commodity prices and moderating domestic demand, according to the World Bank.

    The global lender has projected Malaysia’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth to slow to 4.7% in 2015 from 6% last year.

  8. The videos of people dying on the roads should be placed on billboards at traffic lights where accidents often occur, on highways, malls and other places where the public gather.

    Better still, get hold of those caught beating traffic lights, highway speeding etc, force them to see those videos for hours and hours.

    Afer all, Singapore could do such things - Lee Kuan Yew forced those stealing landscaping plants from the roadside to get replacements and plant them back in front of Singapore TV cameras. Publicly humiliated. Like Mao Zedong did during his so-called Cultural Revolution.

    We should have Big Brothers like in Singapore.

    What d'ya think? .

    1. I think Mao Tse Tung humiliated people through no fault of theirs and he descended into genocide of Chinese people who did not tow his radical line. Of course, nothing that Malaysia ought to emulate. But as for compelled public service for wrongdoing, that's reason good enough.

    2. Big Brothers on the Wall where secret cameras and microphones are embedded on the walls to secretly know what you say, do, and even think may be not too bad these days when there are a lot of snooping equipment available in the market.

      Including toy airplanes operated by remote control that boys and sometimes adults play. They can be fitted with spy cameras to snoop on the neighbours etc.

      Damn high tech these days, not much is private or secret.

    3. Agree with 1241 on "compelled public service for wrongdoing", though the kind of service needs to be really beneficial and so long as not breaking rocks just to tire them out and not think anti-Establishment plans like the Apartheid Regime of South Africa did on Nelson Mandella etc.

      But Lee Kuan Yew ruled with an iron hand to get what he wanted. He is dead now but so many are like that in history. William Shakespeare said the evil that men do lives after them. The Oxford or Cambridge tripos honours whatever must have read Shakespeare but put it aside. At one time he even threatened in simple and direct terms to send foreign correspondents to the Pulau Sentosa Prison if they printed anything to his dislike. Singapore readers here may deny and discuss this here. A few have glorified Singapore at the expense of Malaysia in blogs etc.

      I agree some aspects of Lee Kuan Yew's ways may be used in Malaysia. Certainly not all.

      Videos showing how the accidents occur and how to avoid them are OK, not th gory aspects.

    4. Damn high tech these days, not much is private or secret. -

      Cannot do sun bathing in the nude in our backyards, eh? In these terribly polluted, hazy days?

  9. Our doctors are certainly qualified to treat accident victims etc. Maybe not so experienced as in advanced countries. They may be Specialists in bones etc in their early 30s, but still relatively limited experience.

    Note that UK is now suffering a shortage of doctors - GPs especially, 10% places vacant and difficult to find locums. Burden of work under the National Health System. Many migrating to Australia where they can get equivalent or more salary than in UK but less hectic work hours and can buy 5 bedroom houses with swimming pools in Gold Coast compared to just 3 bed rooms former Council flats in terribly expensive London housing market.

    Hope Malaysian doctors stay after their compulsory "housemanship" and obligatory period of government service, to look after our accident victims etc.

    1. In Malaysia we have over supply.

  10. More traffic accidents in countries with high tress levels?

    Stress is defined as conditions which are followed by tension, mental disturbance, dissatisfaction and sadness of an individual and will lead to disability and even death if they continue.

    In Iran, high stress levels and widespread smoking -

    In Malaysia, may be high stress levels under recent past and current political situation?

    1. World Bank has just said world extreme poverty will go below 10% next year. Anyway, extreme poverty is defined as average daily consumption of US$1.25 or less.

      Malaysia not much extreme poverty, though prises rising. Should not be much stress. Still, No.34 out of 172 highest fatal road accidents. Why?

      Maybe a lot of biadap and kurang ajar type. The road bullies. Bad "behaviour" (bad personal habits, social and behavioral misconduct, as stated in the comment at 0604), no upbringing, no culture?

      Then, talk of Single Stream Education/ One School For All becomes relevant? Where all citizens since in their formative years learn to mix, respect one another, respect others' right to use the road, not cause traffic injuries and deaths to others?

  11. Blame all on Najib, as Rocky Bru said in the beginning of his post but not later.

    I think it's correct, Najib is a lot to blame for the current state of affairs in the country. The Government policies should cover all aspects - political, socio-economic. Include lessening criminals.

    But he abolished Emergency Ordinance, Restricted Residence Act and the Internal Security Act. Remember the reports that many thousands convicts who had not completed serving their terms were released from Rengam Prison etc, and prowling on the streets.Those blokes could have subverted and caused the decreasing respect for authority on the road etc.

    Anybody disagrees?


  12. Not over-reacting but lets have perspective boleh(?) adinda Ms Annie
    that we have the best roads or at least the best expressways
    but 3rd world mentality drivers that need better awareness, education and enforcement.

    " Seperti Kera Mendapat Bunga"(?)

    Sharing experience:
    We do a family slow drive every year abroad, mainly in Western countries and we noticed that we actually have better expressways than them. Our lanes are certainly much wider compared to them, even compared to the famous German autobahn where the average speed is 150kph.

    Some of the countries driven:
    ( since 2010 )
    Sweden, Italy, Australia, Turkey, USA ( California ) England & Scotland, Germany, Czech Republic, Hungary, Croatia, and last month Japan.

    Their drivers are much more courteous and obedient with AES cameras everywhere and so many in villages.

    Surprisingly in Japan the expressway speed limit is 80kpm but everyone drives about 90- 100kpm with almost no enforcement. Drivers are however self-disciplined, very sensible and never miss a lane change signal(!)

    So for balance, the government should in-sya-Allah spend an equivalent of 5% of our infra budgets on public education to ensure maximum benefit from the money invested. Lets have instead:
    "Hanya Jauhari yang mengenal Manikam" boleh?

    Haji M Zin
    Alor Gajah DPH