KUALA LUMPUR – Minister of Transport, Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong expressed his regret that some Malaysians continue to portray their irresponsibility by drunk driving.
It is even more disappointment when some of these drunk drivers lose their control and caused fatal accidents.
According to Ka Siong, the existing punishment does not seem to break a sweat thus, some of the people continue committing the offence frequently.
He said, the government need to amend the Road Transport Act 1987 to impose heftier punishment for dangerous driving and driving under the influence of alcohol and causing death.
“We need laws which impose heavier punishment, including mandatory sentencing for drunk drivers. Some countries suspend the driving license of these drivers for a long period of time but I think that is not enough and the suspension of license seems too common.
“It is time for us to fair to the victims. We need to amend the Road Transport Act 1987 to impose harsher punishment.
“Imposing a fine of not more than RM10,000 and imprisonment of 12 months is not enough. We need something mandatory. Then, people would then be afraid of getting drunk and then drive and lose control,” he said to the journalists after doing an observation on the passengers at the Bukit Bintang MRT station this morning in conjunction with the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO).
Ka Siong demanded the maximum punishment on the drunk driver who caused the death of a policeman during the Op Covid-19 operation roadblock near the Kajang South Toll Plaza.
Early police investigation found that the driver was driving under the influence of alcohol.
The victim, Allahyarham Corporal Safwan, 31, lost his life after a four-wheeled-drive rammed into a roadblock near the Kajang South Toll Plaza of the Kajang-Seremban Highway on 2.11 am yesterday.
“This in an era when we have e-hailing and taxi. Why do you still need to drive knowing that you are drunk? This is very irresponsible. They do not care, which is why we need to tighten the law,” he said. -MalaysiaGazette