KAJANG – February 8, 2019: The Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (Miros) is set to be more effective with the recent appointment of road safety advocate Datuk Suret Singh as its chairman and motoring journalist Shahrim Tamrin as board member.
Suret Singh, who was director-general of Road Safety Department from 2005 to 2011, replaced Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye, whose contract expired on February 4.
The new chairman declared his commitment to advancing whatever is necessary to reduce the number of crashes nationwide, especially the consistently high number of fatalities among motorcyclists..
“As we know, close to 4,000 kapcai (underbone) bikers die on the roads every year. We must focus on this persistent problem. For example, two years ago there were 64 per cent of deaths consisting bikers from the overall casualties, with a huge percentage being kapcai users. This is extremely worrying,” he said.
Also determined to work on reducing the number of road accidents, Shahrim, whose appointment to the board was the first for a journalist, said he aims to contribute his experience in the media, especially towards improving Miros’ ability to convey road safety messages.
With nearly 16 years of experience under his belt, ten of which involved highlighting transport related and road safety issues, Shahrim is expected to provide critical points of view and fresh ideas on communications for road safety.
“I guess my experience and tenacity on the story angle as a journalist will help Miros to communicate effectively with the public about road safety issues and help them pick the right data and deliver in simple language, I hope,” said Shahrim.
He described his appointment as a significant recognition for journalists.
“In today’s digital age, information travels fast. Integrated communication is the way to go to assist the Transport Minister’s vision to reduce fatalities and crashes. Perhaps, at the board level, it will give me the platform,” he said.
On top of being a recipient of a road safety special award from the Asean New Car Assessment Programme, Shahrim was the only Malaysian journalist in the 2018 Safety Fellows under the International Center for Journalists and World Health Organisation.