SITIAWAN: The Lions and Lioness Clubs of Sitiawan organised a road safety awareness campaign at the Astaka basketball court here recently.
Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha was the guest-of-honour at the event which saw the presentation of 200 safety helmets and 100 fluorescent-lined vests to selected members of the public.
He was welcomed on arrival by Lions Club president Joshua Liew and Lioness Club president V. Nessamalar.
Kong commended the club members for their initiative in promoting road safety awareness.
He said in 2011, out of the 6,877 recorded road accident fatalities, 60 per cent were motorcyclists and 40 per cent involved other types of vehicles.
"In Malaysia, road accident victims of light and serious injuries amounted to more than 10,000 a year and those ending up as invalid or handicapped have become a major social problem," said Kong.
He added that despite the RM9 billion spent to improve road safety, 80 per cent of road accidents were caused by human error.
Meanwhile, event organising chairman Ling Duing Soon said the purchase of safety helmets and vests was made possible through the Federal government's allocation of RM10,000 for the Lumut parliamentary constituency.
Kong is its member of parliament.
Members of both clubs and SMK Nan Hwa Sitiawan Leo Club members were also present to assist in the distribution of the safety helmets and vests. By Peter Nunis