In continuing efforts to foster and increase road safety awareness among youths and the communities, Kumpulan Perangsang Selangor Berhad (KPS) has launched the KPS #RideHomeSafe 2022 programme and the Road Safety Mini Carnival at the People’s Housing Programme (PPR) Lembah Subang 2.
Since the programme’s inception in 2021, KPS #RideHomeSafe continued this year by focusing on secondary school students nationwide and the B40 communities in Selangor. The comprehensive road safety programme includes the components of a virtual learning road safety education for all secondary school students, sponsorship of motorcycle licences to selected asnaf communities and a road safety carnival targeted to the B40 community in Selangor.
The strategic partnership with PDRM and JPJ, brought various exciting road safety activities at PPR Lembah Subang 2 which includes a road safety briefing by the JPJ’s Road Safety Division, exhibitions from PDRM and JPJ, and also a colouring competition for children. Visitors had the opportunity to check and pay their JPJ summons, as well as renew both driver and motor vehicle licences via the JPJ Mobile counter.
Minister of Road Transport, Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong in January 2022 has stated that a total of 255,532 road accidents were recorded from January to September 2021. According to the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM), the number of fatal accidents recorded was 3,302 deaths. In addition, the Road Transport Department (JPJ) reported in 2016, 80% of 117,000 school students riding motorcycles did not have a valid licence.
Through the KPS #RideHomeSafe MyLesen programme, KPS remains committed to reducing the number of unlicensed motorcycle riders among youths in Selangor, especially among the B40 communities. In 2021, KPS sponsored a total of 60 students from the low-income families of SMK Seksyen 19 Shah Alam. This year, KPS has sponsored a total of 80 qualified asnaf candidates of PPR Lembah Subang 2.
Suzilawati Khairuddin, KPS’ Deputy Chief Executive Officer (Finance and Corporate Services), in her speech today said, “The road accident statistics are very worrying, and the continuing national road safety issue should be taken seriously by all parties. The large number of motorcyclists and youths involved in road fatalities every year is very alarming. This happens because most school students and unlicensed motorcyclists are from low-income families and the cost of a motorcycle licence is beyond their means. We do hope our motorcycle license sponsorship initiative would help to alleviate the burden of these families here (PPR Lembah Subang 2).”
The virtual learning module of KPS #RideHomeSafe programme contains two video segments and an interactive road safety quiz. Participants who have completed the entire module will be given a nationally recognised e-certificate of participation which carries co-curricular merits.
The KPS #RideHomeSafe e-learning programme has successfully recorded a total of 103,804 students from 1,650 secondary schools across the country in 2021.
The e-learning programme is currently ongoing until the 31st of August 2022 through the website www.kps-rhs.com.