Safety must not be compromised for 'Kereta Rahmah' - Wee Ka Siong

18 Jun 2023 06:19pm
Wee Ka Siong - Photo by Bernama
Wee Ka Siong - Photo by Bernama

SHAH ALAM - Ayer Hitam MP, Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong, has called upon vehicle manufacturers not to overlook the safety aspects of consumers, even when offering affordable prices.

Although vehicles are being offered at low prices, as low as RM22,000, Wee urged the manufacturers to equip the vehicles with essential safety features such as Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) and electronic stability control (ESC) for the well-being of users and the general public.

In this regard, he expressed hope that Perusahaan Otomobil Kedua (Perodua) would reconsider the safety features in their new car model, as it has been reported to lack ABS, Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), and ESC.

"I commend vehicle manufacturers who consider the needs and challenges faced by the people, producing affordable vehicles.

"However, we must not compromise on the safety of drivers, passengers, and other road users.

"Specifications like ABS, ESC, and EBD cannot be omitted just to create a 'Kereta Rahmah'," he wrote in a Facebook today.

Wee also shared a report highlighting a vehicle lacking ABS, EBD, and ESC.

At the same time, he urged the government to explore additional ways to assist low-income households in owning vehicles, as many struggle financially.

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"However, there are more viable solutions than compromising vehicle safety specifications.

"We should not compromise on the safety of drivers, passengers, and other road users. Let's not take a step back on matters as crucial as this," he added.

Wee pointed out that studies have shown that ESC and other anti-skid technologies can prevent approximately 40 per cent of fatalities and accidents caused by loss of control.

Therefore, he expressed concerns about the potential increase in hazardous incidents if such vital safety aspects are omitted.

"I raise this concern with the hope that the government will ensure that new passenger vehicles continue to maintain these essential safety features. Let us not regress on matters of such significance," Wee concluded.

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