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BL1M: No more excuses for not having driving licence
KUALA LUMPUR: A number of youth organisation leaders felt that young motorcyclists should not have any more excuses for not obtaining a licence, with the implementation of the 1Malaysia Licence Aid (BL1M).
Saying they could not afford a licence was no longer acceptable as through the BL1M youths would be able to get a licence for RM199 compared to the normal price of RM350.
Selangor Youth Council President Datuk Irmohizam Ibrahim said the aid would help ease the youths' financial burden, especially those applying for licence the first time.
"This assistance will enable more youths to undergo seminars and training on road safety laws and raise awareness on the importance of having a motorbike licence, even in village areas," he said.
Meanwhile, Tamil Youth Club President K. Murali said BL1M would encourage more youths to obtain motorbike licences as they could not afford the high cost previously.
MAYC Global Relief chairman Akhramsyah Muamar Ubaidah Sanusi was of the opinion that," This assistance is a positive start in instilling road safety awareness among youths."
Meanwhile, Fazrul Ahmad, 17, who had just completed his Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia was touched by the government's care and said," I had to think many times about getting a licence as it's very expensive for me. But as soon as BL1M started, I quickly applied for it." Construction labourer Roslan Saat, 38, said," I did think about getting a licence but it was too expensive and I wasn't bothered as I lived in village.
But due to road safety concerns I 've changed my mind and am applying for it now."
BL1M was launched last month by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, to assist youths obtain motorbike licences at a much lower price.