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PLUS Malaysia Berhad’s (PLUS) collaborated with Alliance for Safe Community (IKATAN) to increase the road safety awareness levels in each and every community under the, KLIK For Safe Community programme, which was officiated by the Minister of Transport, YB Tuan Loke Siew Fook and witnessed by Datuk Azman Ismail, Managing Director of PLUS, Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye, Chairman of Alliance for Safe Community, Datuk Suret Singh, Chairman of MIROS with representatives from Malaysia Road Safety Department (JKJR), Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) and Malaysian Highway Authority (MHA).

“Safety is priority at PLUS and it is embedded in all aspects of our highway service via our 3E’s approach on road safety. Each of us in PLUS plays a role in making our work environment safer not only for ourselves, but also for those around us. The safety culture adopted at PLUS enables us to continue to provide better highway services for our customers in meeting our brand purpose of taking good care of them every step of the way,” said PLUS Managing Director Datuk Azman Ismail. 

According to Datuk Azman, through the 3E approach (Education, Engineering & Enforcement), PLUS has seen a consistent drop in the number of traffic incidents (accidents) on the highway since 2017.

“In 2016, a total of 521,466 traffic incidents were recorded nationwide, of which only 14,532 or 2.8 percent occurred on the PLUS Highway. The percentage dropped to 2.7 per cent in 2017 and to only 2.4 per cent in 2018 despite an increase in the number of traffic incidents nationwide,” Datuk Azman explained.

The reduction of traffic incidents on PLUS highways was achieved through the 3E approach, such as the implementation of Safety Vehicles to create temporary safe zones to enable the removal of objects or obstacles by highway personnel and the introduction of Expressway Operation Safety Passports (EOSP) to ensure that only personnel and contractors who have undergone basic safety courses can perform the duties on the highways. The EOSP is now accepted as the standard procedure throughout the highway industry in the country. 

"Today’s KLIK for Safer Communities programme is aimed at supporting and advocating the use of rear safety belts, safety motorcycle helmets and the use of child safety seats, which will be enforced by the Ministry of Transport in 2020," Datuk Azman added.

In conjunction with today's programme, PLUS and the Alliance for Safe Community had lined up exciting programmes and activities from colorful safety exhibition, 'Seatbelt Convincer' demonstration, a musical theater about road safety and many more.

At the opening ceremony, Datuk Azman also proudly shared PLUS’ recent achievement by being the first Asian highway to receive the prestigious Prince Michael International Road Safety Award, on 10 December 2019 in London. 

“This international testament reaffirms PLUS' commitment and multipronged approach to our efforts in improving safety on our highway. We attribute the win to all our partners in safety and take this opportunity to thank each and every highway customer who has been instrumental in our journey towards establishing a world-class highway,” Concluded Datuk Azman.

To ease the burden of underprivileged students, as well as their parents, UEM Edgenta Berhad (“UEM Edgenta” or the “Company”) was present in Kuala Selangor today to organise the distribution of back-to-school items which will benefit 216 primary and secondary students entering the 2020 school term.

The 2020 ‘Riang Ria’ Back-to-School programme is part of the Company’s annual Corporate Responsibility initiative in providing school-related items such as uniforms and school bags to 216 students from schools within the district of Kuala Selangor, specifically in the areas of Bukit Melawati, Ijok and Jeram.

Overall, the number of recipients of this programme, which benefits its key external and internal stakeholders has expanded over the years. From 2016 to 2018, UEM Edgenta had participated in this programme under the umbrella of its parent company, UEM Group Berhad, whereby a total of 25,785 underprivileged children had benefitted from this programme. For the year 2020 school term, the Company have identified a total of 1,100 students to benefit from this initiative.

“Our support for the communities in programmes such as this is aimed at easing the parents’ burden and we also hope that it will further motivate the children and inspire them to do their best in school. We will continue our corporate and social responsibilities efforts which is focused on providing education-related assistance. As a technology company, our efforts will go beyond philanthropy, as we are also keen to partner and support communities in the area of nurturing our future generation in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), robotics and artificial intelligence,” said Dr. Nik Fawaz Nik Abdul Aziz, Chief Operating Officer of Healthcare Support (Concession), Edgenta Mediserve Sdn Bhd at the back-to-school programme event at the Dewan Dato’ Penggawa Permatang, Kuala Selangor.

The ‘Riang Ria’ Back-to-School Programme is just one of many ongoing education and community-based programmes undertaken by UEM Edgenta. Since 2016, UEM Edgenta has invested RM1.64 million in community engagement and charitable activities with education being its core focus.

In addition to ‘Riang Ria’ Back-To-School programme, the Company also organised motivational camps, UPSR seminars in several lower-band schools and mentoring on STEM workshops focusing on coding, circuitry and robotics. Recently, UEM Edgenta funded the Robotics Team from Pusat Genius@Pintar Negara, UKM who represented Malaysia at the World Robot Olympiad 2019 in Gyor, Hungary as part of the Company’s commitment to inspire and promote STEM.

Previously, the Company had also facilitated a refurbishment drive at SK Tan Sri P. Ramlee in Penang, as well as participated in programmes organised by PINTAR Foundation and Yayasan Amir trust, among others.

Also present at the event were YB Dr. Syed Azman Syed Ahmad Nawawi, Political Secretary to the Minister of Health Malaysia, YB Puan Juwairiya Binti Zulkifli, ADUN Bukit Melawati, YB Tuan Dr. Idris Bin Ahmad, ADUN Ijok and YB Tuan Mohd Shaid Bin Rosli, ADUN Jeram.

PLUS Malaysia Berhad (PLUS) is the first Asian highway company to receive the prestigious Prince Michael International Road Safety Award (PMIRSA) award for its leading-edge road safety initiatives in 2019.

The Award was presented by His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent to PLUS Managing Director, Datuk Azman Ismail at The Savoy, London in recognition of the Company’s contribution towards successfully implementing multiple road safety initiatives along its’ 1,134.1 Kilometre highway across the Peninsula Malaysia.

PLUS is one of the 23 award recipients out of 70 highly outstanding nominations from across the world.

“This award is a strong testimony that PLUS is internationally recognised as a world class highway that adheres to high levels of safety. It reaffirms us as an organisation that places safety above all,” said Datuk Azman.

As Malaysia’s largest highway operator, serving over 1.7 million users daily including 3,000 highway workers, the organisation has implemented an integrated and innovative road & traffic management system known as the PLUS 3Es encompassing Engineering, Education and Enforcement since the first quarter of 2017.

PLUS through its Engineering initiatives has ensured that 100% of its 1,100 kilometres of highways achieved a 3-star iRAP Rating Standard.

Through its Educational collaboration with the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), PLUS co-created the Expressway Operations Safety Passport (EOSP) that has increased the safety awareness of highway workers. Upon its implementation, EOSP had contributed to a significant 75% reduction in fatality involving highway and contractor workers on the expressway.

The EOSP programme is a first for the Malaysian highway industry, and the EOSP certification is mandatory for all roadside workers on PLUS highways before entering their respective work zones and, has been identified for re-application across all tolled highways in Malaysia.

The EOSP programme receives full support the highway regulator, the Malaysian Highway Authority (MHA) as well as the Ministry of Works and the Ministry of Transport.

Safety on PLUS highways are further strengthen through its close collaboration with the Country’s Enforcement, authorities from the road transport department, traffic police, emergency services like the fire brigade and ambulances, including towing services.

The HRH Prince Michael of Kent is a leading advocate of road safety, working to support the UN Decade of Action, an ambitious international programme which has already saved millions of lives promotes and implements good practice.

Since 1987 the awards have given public recognition to those who have improved road safety throughout Britain. Now, the Prince Michael International Road Safety Awards recognise outstanding achievement and innovation world-wide whereby each year, the most outstanding examples of international road safety initiatives are given public recognition through the scheme.

The annual Prince Michael Award presentation ceremony was witnessed by more than 350 international professional road safety experts and advocates.

Among the notable winners of the Prince Michael Award over the years were the Institute of Road Traffic Education (India), Global New Car Assessment Program (Global NCAP), Road Safety Foundation (UK), Royal Dutch Shell, Volvo, Schlumberger and Nestle Group, to name a few.

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