Road safety in Malaysia: What, who and why?

Malaysia reports to the World Health Organization on the order of 24 traffic fatalities per 100,000 inhabitants in recent years, sharing this ranking with countries like Chad, Namibia, Eritrea, and Swaziland. Countries with anywhere from one half to one tenth of the GDP/capita of the average Malaysian.

Roughly two thirds of the total killed were on motorcycles of varying sizes. Most of them were young people. This rate has not declined in recent years.

traffic accident death Penang

Where in the Penang Transportation Master Plan(PTMP)  can we find the analysis, conclusions and policy recommendations to do something about it?  And could this be shared with the public?

From World Health Organization. Global status report on road safety 2015

who-malaysia-road-traffic-deaths-stats

Source: WHO Global status report on road safety 2015. Source:

Comparable performance

Malaysia reports to WHO on the order of 24 traffic fatalities per 100,000 inhabitants in recent years, sharing this ranking with countries like Chad, Namibia, Eritrea, and Swaziland. Countries with anywhere from one half to one tenth of the GDP/capita of the average Malaysian.

Roughly two thirds of the total killed were on motorcycles of varying sizes. Most of them were young people. This rate has not declined in recent years.

traffic accident death Penang

Where in the Penang Transportation Master Plan(PTMP)  can we find the analysis, conclusions and policy recommendations to do something about it?  And could this be shared with the public?

More on World Streets:

Penang Road Safety Plan 2014 – 2020: 2015 results – https://sustainablepenang.wordpress.com/2016/01/24/penang-road-safety-plan-2014-2020-2015-results/

Nothing new under the sun: Malaysia Road Safety in the 1950’S – https://sustainablepenang.wordpress.com/2014/02/09/nothing-new-under-the-sun-malaysia-road-safety-in-the-1950s/

Penang 2014 Traffic Safety Campaign (With Teeth) – https://sustainablepenang.wordpress.com/2013/09/29/penang-traffic-safety-campaign-with-teeth/

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About the author:

Eric Britton
9, rue Gabillot, 69003 Lyon France

Bio: Educated as a development economist, Eric Britton is an American political scientist, teacher and international sustainability activist who has lived and worked in Paris since 1969. Professor of Sustainable Development, Economy and Democracy at the Institut Supérieur de Gestion (Paris), he is also MD of EcoPlan Association, an independent advisory network providing strategic counsel for government and business on policy and decision issues involving complex systems, social-technical change and sustainable development. Founding editor of World Streets: The Politics of Transport - https://worldstreets.wordpress.com . | Britton online: https://goo.gl/9CJXTh

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