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Proposal to implement a standard 30km/h speed limit [NSTTV]

KAMPAR: The Transport Ministry will review a proposal to implement a standard 30km/h speed limit for urban and residential areas, cities, and villages.

Its minister, Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong said the ministry would engage with stakeholders to discuss the matter, proposed by the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (Miros).

"I have reviewed the proposal and I need to call all quarters involved to discuss as it involves many of them.

"In Malaysia, accidents happen due to many factors, not only speed limits," he told reporters after launching the MCA Fundraising for Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (Utar) Hospital here today.

Also present were MCA deputy president Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon, who is also Deputy Education Minister and Utar Chancellor Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik.

Wee also acknowledged that once the speed limit between 30km/h to 50km/h is introduced, it would draw mixed reactions.

"I am sure there will be mixed reactions to this and we will be looking at all angles before making any decision," he said.

Last year, Miros director-general Khairil Anwar Abu Kassim said the institute would engage stakeholders that include the Public Works Department, Road Transport Department, local councils, police and other relevant authorities.

Khairil had said the speed limit would allow people to mix safely with road traffic and enable the community to build a safe, healthy, green and liveable place.

On the event, Wee said that the RM330 million hospital would be providing valuable medical and health services to those in Kampar, and Perak overall.

"Utar Hospital will also be a not-for-profit private hospital providing affordable quality medical services to the people.

"The total cost of the construction and development of the hospital is RM300 million and we have yet to reach the target," he said adding that he hopes more people would come forward to help raise funds.

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