KUALA LUMPUR – The issue of drivers driving under the influence of alcohol or drug has nothing to do with the Muslims or non-Muslims.
On the contrary, Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong said that it is about road safety.
According to the Minister of Transport, the proposal to amend Section 41 until Section 45 of the Road Transport Act 1987 (Act 333) which will be finalised soon is to impose tougher punishment on those driving dangerously thus harming themselves and other road users.
“It has nothing to do with any races. A tragedy or road accident does not recognise race,” he said in a Facebook post.
Imposing harsher punishment to traffic offenders is the best way in preventing the loss of lives due to road accidents that should not have happened.
Therefore, he hoped that the amendment of the act will get the support from everyone, regardless of their race, religion or political ideology.
He added, the amendment will also include offences for ‘Basikal Lajak’ Gang (joy riders) or Mat Rempit (illegal motorcycle racers).
“The proposed amendment for Section 41 until Section 45 of the Road Transport Act 1987 (Act 333) is about driving under the influence of drug, alcohol or driving dangerously.
“Therefore, all road uses under the influence of drug, alcohol or anyone including the ‘Basikal Lajak’ Gang or ‘Mat Rempit’, they are included in the proposed amendment of the act,” he said. –MalaysiaGazette