Transport Minister Datuk Ong Tee Keat has announced that action will not be taken against cars that carry an amount of backseat passengers that is more than the amount of seatbelts installed in the backseat, which are 3 at most.
He said the government understood that there are many poor families that have more than 3 children but have no other choice other than letting one rear passenger be without a seatbelt as they cannot afford anything more than a 5-seater car. However, the government does not encourage the overloading of vehicles that way.
He also commended Proton for agreeing to install rear seatbelts for free on a total of roughly 277,000 Proton cars that are not equipped with them, comprising mostly of the Saga, Iswara and GEN2 models. The exercise will begin in January 2009.