‘Fewer straight stretches make Sarawak roads relatively safe

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KOTA SAMARAHAN: Roads in Sarawak are relatively safer compared to those in Peninsular Malaysia because there are fewer straight stretches in the state that could contribute to highway hypnosis, a factor in some fatal accident cases.
State Road Safety assistant director Redzuan Hamdan said: We (the public) must be careful and considerate when driving. The roads in Sarawak are relatively safer compared to that in Peninsular Malaysia and many other countries which have many straight roads that could contribute to highway hypnosis.
The good news is that the State Police and Road Transport Department (RTD) recorded decrease in fatal accident cases year to year, he pointed out.
He believed this was due to greater public awareness on road safety brought about road safety campaigns carried out by the authorities and the private sector.
When met at a road safety campaign in conjunction with the Chinese New Year season in front of Petronas station at Samarahan Expressway here, Redzuan said most people now were more careful.
He said: Long time ago, we heard of cases where parents knocked down children and cats when reversing their cars at home. But today such case is unheard of. This is because people are becoming more careful. Before they reverse their cars they would be first making sure that no child or cat is behind their vehicles.
To long distance drivers, he advised them to stop and rest after every two hours to avoid sleeping while driving, pointing out that a four-second doze could contribute to the root cause of accidents.
As if by fate, a car suddenly rammed into several cones placed by the campaigners on the road while Redzuan was briefing reporters by the roadside.
Now that is what we termed Red Mist (an example of when a driver is so easily distracted by things other than driving), he said in jest when reacting to the scene.
Redzuan said it would be quite impossible for the authorities to eliminate road accidents as the population and number of road users increased rapidly every year.
However, he added, the number of fatal cases could be reduced if drivers install safety gadgets inside their vehicles apart from exercising care and courtesy on the road.
The campaign yesterday saw officers and/or representatives from the state RTD, Puspakom Sdn Bhd, Petronas Dagangan and corporate sponsor Allianze General Insurance Co (M) Bhd distributing crash helmets, baby safety seats and safety stickers among other things to the first few road users passing the campaigners. Allianze sponsored the baby safety seats and safety stickers.
On the campaign, Redzuan said it was not periodic but an on-going affair.
Among those present were State RTD head of operations Nezriman Uthman, Allianze business development manager Raymond Chin, Puspakom branch manager Jeff Chong and Samarahan Expressway Petronas Petrol station business partner Nancy Lim.

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Plus the pot hole, the narrow roads, blind spot corner and bumpy roads that makes you feel like you are sailing rather than driving, Yes Sarawak road is relatively safe.

maybe he should go through pujut housing area…

I can count several pot holes on the way (and those that were patch, the holes are starting to pop up again)

your head la said safer , i bet they never drive from Miri - Bintulu using old road , or Bintulu - Tatau - Sibu , bumpy here bumpy there , hole sana sini . safer apa itu ?

Thats why…Semenanjung says…Sarawak only given 5% oil royalty so that less money …less road maintain…less accident… :lol:

we need more than 5% (actually all of it!!) not only for good roads, but we also want to build a super-sonic train like the ‘hayabusa’ in Japan for our Bumi Kenyalang (we are capable by our resources…if not being totally ‘kena cekik’…).

My GOD! In Sarawak?!! This guy must be from gaga land!

we need more than 5% (actually all of it!!) not only for good roads, but we also want to build a super-sonic train like the ‘hayabusa’ in Japan for our Bumi Kenyalang (we are capable by our resources…if not being totally ‘kena cekik’…).[/quote]

Sarawak should join Singapore or Japan to get such technology :smiley:

we need more than 5% (actually all of it!!) not only for good roads, but we also want to build a super-sonic train like the ‘hayabusa’ in Japan for our Bumi Kenyalang (we are capable by our resources…if not being totally ‘kena cekik’…).[/quote]

Sarawak should join Singapore or Japan to get such technology :D[/quote]

Imagine what Sarawak would be like if we managed our own resources since 50 years ago?

More safe straight stretches makes the road more safer. it’s the bend and winding and potholes that makes the road dangerous. I wonder where they got that dumb phrase from?

we need more than 5% (actually all of it!!) not only for good roads, but we also want to build a super-sonic train like the ‘hayabusa’ in Japan for our Bumi Kenyalang (we are capable by our resources…if not being totally ‘kena cekik’…).[/quote]

Sarawak should join Singapore or Japan to get such technology :D[/quote]

Well, if you think if we can manage ourselves like singapore do…we can be the best in Asia by now…

Those good long stretch road only at kuching area, what for? Road from miri to bintulu to sibu by far is in its worst condition, yet almost 60% of sarawak annual income & revenue comes from bintulu and miri.

The worst part is coastal trunk road from Similajau junction to Batu Niah , bumpy like boat ride during rough sea … :evil: :evil: :evil:

The worst part is coastal trunk road from Similajau junction to Batu Niah , bumpy like boat ride during rough sea … :evil: :evil: :evil:[/quote]
itu la , use bus more worse , sit tgh2 pun still can jump , apa lagi sit paling belakang -.- , take almost 4 hours from miri to bintulu , only 220km+ :twisted: :evil:

we need more than 5% (actually all of it!!) not only for good roads, but we also want to build a super-sonic train like the ‘hayabusa’ in Japan for our Bumi Kenyalang (we are capable by our resources…if not being totally ‘kena cekik’…).[/quote]

Sarawak should join Singapore or Japan to get such technology :D[/quote]

Imagine what Sarawak would be like if we managed our own resources since 50 years ago?[/quote]

manage our own resources 50 years ago? how are we going to excel that with pek mo regime?