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The Transport Ministry says that an improved road safety education module for schools will be introduced next year, The Sun reports. The module is an integral component in the road safety education (RSE) programme that was implemented in schools in 2007 – with the cooperation of the Ministry of Education – to improve road safety awareness and courtesy among students.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the adjustments to the module – which consists of a weekly 40-minute road safety education programme presented as part of the Bahasa Malaysia subject – was crucial to ensure that the topic was reflective of the times and in tune with present culture.

He said that the revisions or additions to the module – which will be in place for Standard 1 to Form 3 students – will reflect developments. “One glaring example is driving while using the mobile phone, a scenario which was non-existent 15 or 20 years ago,” he explained.

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Liow said that the ministry welcomed public views and proposals to improve the module on the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS) website. “All inputs will be analysed and taken into account,” he said. The public can voice their opinion and suggestions on the website until March 17. T

While not ruling out the possibility of introducing road safety awareness in kindergartens, Liow stated that the government was not planning to extend RSE to Form 4 and Form 5 students starting from 2017, this despite the fact that 16 to 25-year-olds make up the highest number of those involved in road fatalities every year.

“The reason we don’t plan to provide road safety education for Form 4 and Form 5 students is because they would be eligible to undertake driving or riding license and be familiar with road rules and regulations,” he explained. The review of the RSE module project, which is expected to be completed by the end of the year, received an allocation of RM42 million from the government under the Eleventh Malaysia Plan.