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Fines not enough to deter road traffic offenders

January 6, 2017

Attitudes on the road show our moral education curriculum is certainly not up to mark or effective in inculcating positive attitudes in life.

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polis-samanBy Syed Abdul Razak Alsagoff

With the advancement in technology and 24/7 online access, dirty and deadly habits have become a menace to public safety.

This is because Malaysians generally lack discipline, as well as self and public safety awareness.

It is sad to see this growing “deadly” attitude, especially among the young. I have even seen a friend ticking off his son for using and texting on his smartphone while driving. However, not only was the advice ignored, his son responded angrily in turn.

I refer to Free Malaysia Today’s (FMT) two timely news reports – “Over 46,000 fined for using mobile phones while driving” and “Just how dangerous is driving and texting?”

Timely because the stories showed that the New Year traffic police operation that saw the booking of 5,333 road traffic offenders within four hours in the Klang Valley alone, was just the tip of the iceberg.

Malaysian road users have serious “deadly” attitudes when on the road. They not only endanger themselves, but other law-abiding road users as well.

Is there something wrong with the mentality of those who have no regard for road safety? Something is seriously flawed or lacking in our education system.

Our moral education curriculum is certainly not up to mark or effective in inculcating positive attitudes in life.

Many who break the law even display road rage and bullying tendencies.

They have committed an offence but they turn angry and violent when ticked off by law-abiding drivers.

A total lack of respect for road traffic laws in Malaysia is today a community and national social problem. The young have to be taught to respect the laws of the country and this means the education ministry must treat this problem seriously.

Are we not educating our children to grow up as responsible law-abiding citizens? If not, then the education system has failed us.

Syed Abdul Razak Alsagoff is a Gerakan member.

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