The event was officiated by Antonio Kathi Galis, Resident of Miri and Chok Chee Tsong, Sarawak Shell Berhad general manager. It was jointly organised with Road Safety Department, Police, Road Transport Department, Department of Occupational Health and Safety, Fire and Rescue Department, Curtin University and Toys World.
Antonio commended the effort put into organising the road safety campaign, saying it was timely in view of the heavy seasonal traffic during the school holidays and festive celebrations. He said that according to the World Health Organization, more than 1 million people were killed worldwide on roads each year, with Sarawak recording 1.21 deaths everyday from road crashes last year. “Road users have an important role to play in instigating change. We rely heavily on their support to achieve the changes in behaviour which are required to save lives and reduce injuries” he said.
Also speaking at the launch, Chok reiterated Shell’s commitment to safety in all aspects and emphasised safety as the top priority in Shell’s business and operations. “Since road safety poses a significant safety risk to our businesses, we have spent considerable time and energy understanding how to reduce fatalities and incidents on the road in our operations – and we have know-how and learnings to share.”
The event is part of the company’s corporate social responsibility programme focused on road safety, aimed at ultimately reducing road injuries and fatalities in communities where it operates. The exhibition incorporates these learnings for community sharing. As part of the programme, Shell also held a road safety and courtesy talk for 100 participants from Miri Taxi Association, Miri Municipal Association School Bus and Miri Executive Blue Taxi Association.
Amongst the draws was the seat belt convincer, so users are able to physically feel the impact of a crash and the importance of seat belts to minimise injuries. There was also a booth to get feedback from the past participants and the general public on the effectiveness of STG.
The public exhibition is opened on Saturday and Sunday from 10.00am till 9.00pm at the concourse area of Bintang Megamall, Miri.
Sarawak Shell Berhad has operated in Miri since 1910, and partners the government in many initiatives for communal good. In response to concerns about road safety, the STG was initiated 50 years ago.
Upstream Corporate Affairs, Shell Malaysia
Zulkifli Baba Noor, Zulkifli.BabaNoor@shell.com
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