As part of ongoing efforts to instil road safety awareness in secondary school students, the Malaysian Ministry of Education is working in conjunction with the police and Road Transport department (JPJ). Ministry deputy director-general Datuk Ahmad Tajudin Jab said this during Hong Leong Yamaha’s (HLYM) sponsorship of the Yamaha Literacy classroom at the Rahman Putra secondary school in Sungai Buloh, Selangor.

“We are aware that students riding with no licence and without proper safety equipment is a perennial problem,” said Tajudin, “and we at the ministry are working closely with the police and JPJ to educate them on the importance of road safety.” “At school level there is co-operation with the relevant authorities to create safety awareness amongst the youngsters,” he continued.

Tajudin also said that the police and JPJ regularly visit schools in rural areas to educate students about the importance of obeying the law. In addition, JPJ has also run programs where students who reach the required age can obtain riding or driving licences easily, with a minimum of red tape.

As part of its corporate social responsibility, the sponsorship of the Yamaha Literacy classroom as part of the school’s Special Education Integrated Programme – where students can learn the basic of motorcycle mechanics, care and maintenance – is the latest collaboration between HLYM and the school, the first being the Yamaha Safety Riding Science campaign.

The classroom is equipped with a complete set of education tools and materials, including a motorcycle and lift. HLYM is working together with the school to develop a series of programmes to teach students motorcycle maintenance skills that will enable them to later enter the job market as certified motorcycle mechanics.