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.
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)