Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Raziz Writes About Dego Ride



There has not been much commotion when the Ministry of Transport decided to ban Dego Ride. But this one DAP fellow came out and try to be this Dego Ride hero.

His name is Rajiv Rishyakaran, a first-term member of the Selangor State Assembly from the Democratic Action Party, representing the state seat of Bukit Gasing. 

Of course, this is nothing more than a populist approach trying to win the hearts of these Dego Ride operators and users. He tried to champion this issue without knowing the exact reason why this ban is in place.

Dego Ride for those who are not particularly familiar with it is an exact replicate of Uber or Grab Car but instead of cars, they are using motorcycles (Like the Indonesian ojek).

For the record, Rajiv was trying to justify that if Uber and Grab Car are not being banned, why should Dego Ride get a slap on their wrist?

I could list down quite a few reasons why Dego Ride should not be allowed to operate in Malaysia. But this one reason is sufficient enough. Road safety.

Well, Mr. Rajiv Rishyakaran, you in the first place should at least study the statistics of road safety produced either by the police or the Jabatan Keselamatan Jalan Raya Malaysia (JKJR) to look for some insight.

For your information Mr. Rajiv, the last 10 years, motorcycle users has contributed the highest number of accidents and deaths on Malaysian roads. There are 41,155 deaths which represent 60.8% of all other categories of road users death and last year alone, there are 4,485 deaths.

Meanwhile, the state of Selangor has recorded the highest number of deaths (1,140 deaths) and road accidents (151,253) among all other states. This reason alone justified the reason why Dego Ride needs to be banned.

Do you want to further expose our people to more road accidents and lead to more deaths on the road?

Do you want to take this responsibility?

Did you ever came out with a plan to reduce road accidents and deaths in Bukit Gasing?

Of course not, and you will then blame the government for not taking any extra effort to reduce these  accidents and deaths!

The Ministry of Transport had pledged to reduce road accidents and deaths by half of what was recorded in 2010 by the year of 2020 as part of UN - A Decade of Action For Road Safety main objective.

Your immature statement if to be taken seriously and put into action will not help Malaysia to achieve this target.

Please Mr. Rajiv, use your right to think before your right to speak and pick on another issue to bark at.

1 comment:

  1. Media Statement by Rajiv Rishyakaran, ADUN Bukit, Selangor on Thursday, February 16th 2017

    Is motorbike safety the real reason for banning Dego?

    The reason cited by Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai for banning Dego – motorcycle safety is irresponsibility misleading, as he cannot prove Dego riders are more at risk that the average motorcyclist. Instead, the opposite is likely true. The minister must instead tackle the real problem with motorcycle safety, not play political double standard games with Dego.

    Motorcycle safety is indeed a safety concern and one that now Liow would have to admit he has failed to deal with in his tenure as Minister. Let’s examine some of the facts regarding motorcycle accidents in Malaysia.

    35% of motorcycle fatal accidents1 is related to the rider not wearing a helmet. Instead of hunting down Dego riders, JPJ is better of addressing the high amount of motorcyclist not wearing helmets if its honest aim is to reduce accidents and fatalities. It is not only rural riders that don’t use helmets, this problem is also prevalent in urban areas.

    The second fact that the minister must remember is that according to statistics by MIROS (Malaysia Institute for Road Safety Research), s66% of motorcycle accidents2 happens in the rural areas, despite the fact that majority of Malaysia live in urban areas. Once again, the minister’s in not placing the right effort in the noble goal to reduce motorcyclist accidents and fatalities.

    The 3rd fact, also obtained from MIROS is that less than 20% of motorcyclist3 casualties are pillion (passengers), with over 80% of the casualties are the riders themselves. This also goes to show that Dego rides are not more at (in fact at lesser) risk from the average motorcycle ride.

    The minister should be concerned about motorcyclist safety. And he should go after the real reasons, and apply real effort to achieve this.

    1. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0386111212000076
    2. https://www.miros.gov.my/1/page.php?id=17 (Facesheet 2)
    3. https://www.miros.gov.my/1/page.php?id=17 (Facesheet 1)

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