KUALA LUMPUR: The “MYJalan” campaign acts as a collective effort and advocacy platform in educating road users on the road maintenance, said Works Minister Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi.
Alexander said, the road maintenance activities are important to control the rate of breakdowns and ensuring the road services are at its best level and hence guarantees comfort and safety for all parties.
“Under the umbrella of this campaign, MYJalan application has been launched and is based on the policy of “no wrong door policy”.
“The Works Ministry tries to improve the users’ complaint channel and functions as a road maintenance monitoring system to overcome critical issue that are faced by users especially damaged roads or potholes,” said Alexander on the first day of the 27thWorld Road Congress 2023 organised by the Permanent International Association Road Congress (PIARC) held in Prague, Czech Republic from 2nd till 6th October 2023.
The Minister added, until today, complaints received via the application are ten times higher than before. For the Ministry this is a good development as it has proven the people’s awareness and government proactive efforts in ensuring the road infrastructure is in good and safe condition.
He stressed that the MYJalan campaign initiative supports the Malaysia Madani vision that is a civilised society, skilful and inclusive based on six core values namely Affordability, Prosperity, Creativity, Respect, Confidence and Humanity.
“Amongst the important subject that I have presented was the vision and MYJalan campaign initiative launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in August 2023. The campaign was aimed to increase accountability and encouraged awareness among road users, industry players and government agencies and that all are responsible of the roads.
Meanwhile, in the opening speech the PIARC President, Nazir Alli emphasized that the safety of the roads are the responsibility of the people and this is in line with the spirit that has been highlighted in the MYJalan initiative of the Works Ministry.
This campaign he said, was also in line with the Zero Vision strategy introduced by Sweden and implemented by most countries including Malaysia and the European Union (EU) since 2019 as a step forward; and is different from before that is “accident can be avoided and every death in an accident cannot be accepted.”
The Congress with the theme “Together On The Road Again,” officiated by the Czech Republic, Petr Fiala and Czech Senate President Milos Vystrcil was participated by more than 22 countries.
Alexander said he also spoke on the implementation of “The Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2021-2030,” targeting on the road safety authorities in Malaysia that could integrate concerted efforts, activities and initiatives in line with the related plan and goes into the policy and programme that have been set.
“This programme has been translated into the Malaysian Road Safety Plan2022-2030 that outlines the framework containing 10 main fields including the road management, safer vehicles, safer road users, safer driving environment that focuses on increasing the road safeties in Malaysia,” he said.
The Minister said, he had stressed that the road safety needs a wholesome action and good coordination from various government agencies, business communities, academicians and civil society.
However he added, to develop a sustainable solution that is able to be implemented through strategic innovation, learning and focus on actions will depend on co-creation, integrated efforts and healthy approach to reach the desired goal. – Malaysia World News