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Traffic slow on major expressways as at 10 pm

KUALA LUMPUR, The traffic flows on major highways in the country are reported to be slow moving as of 10 pm tonight.

PLUS Malaysia Berhad spokesman when contacted said the traffic is moving slowly from Ipoh to Simpang Pulai lay-by, Gopeng to Sungkai and Lembah Beringin to Bukit Tagar following an accident at Km 418.5.

Heavy traffic flows are also reported from Pendang to Sungai Petani, Bukit Merah to Taiping and Taiping to Sungai Perak rest and service (R and R) area, he said.

For traffic from the south, he said it was slow moving from Simpang Ampat to Seremban, Bukit Gambir to Ayer Keroh, Ayer Hitam to Sedenak, Sedenak to Simpang Renggam and at the Bangunan Sultan Iskandar from Singapore to Malaysia.

From the east, the Malaysian Highway Authority (LLM) spokesman said the traffic flow was reported to be high on the Kuala Lumpur-Karak (KLK) route from Karak interchange to Lentang and Genting Sempah to Gombak toll plaza.

Traffic congestion was also reported on a 9.5-km stretch of the East Coast Expressway 1 from Lanchang to the Karak interchange and at the Kuala Terenganu toll plaza on the East Coast Expressway 2.

Members of the public can obtain the latest traffic information via the Plusline toll-free number at 1800-88-0000 or Twitter at www.twitter.com/plustrafik of the LLM line at 1-800-88-7752 and Twitter at www.twitter.com/llminfotrafik.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

Number of flood victims in Perak increases to 141

IPOH, A total of 141 people from 34 families affected by flood following heavy rain in two districts in Perak are still housed at two flood relief centres as of 9 pm tonight.

Perak’s Civil Defence Forces (APM) deputy director Zairil Anuar Zulmuji said the number of flood victims in Hilir Perak district had increased to 127 people from 32 families as of 9 pm, compared to 100 people from 25 families at 2.30 pm.

He said all residents affected by the disaster were housed at the Sekolah Kebangsaan Changkat Jong, Teluk Intan.

Heavy rain in the afternoon caused the water to rise to about four feet or 1.12 metres. However, the weather is improving tonight, he said when contacted by Bernama.

Floods in Hilir Perak district that started yesterday affected three villages, namely, Kampung Batu 7 1/2; Kampung Batu 8 and Kampung Batu 9.

Meanwhile, Zairil Anuar said the number of flood victims in Kampar district as of 9 pm remained the same with 14 victims from two families.

All victims from Kampung Cabang Dua, Kuala Dipang were placed at the Kampung Kuala Dipang community hall.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

‘Op Selamat’: 13 fatalities recorded in Kelantan

KOTA BHARU, Kelantan has recorded 609 accidents during ‘Op Selamat’ since the road safety operation was launched on May 29.

State Traffic Investigations and Enforcement Department head Supt Markandan Subramaniam said out of the total, 11 were fatal accidents involving 13 deaths.

Victims included drivers, passengers, cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians, he said when contacted by Bernama here today.

Markandan said investigations revealed among major causes of the fatal accidents were due to vehicles skidding and veering towards the opposite lane, overtaking vehicles in dangerous manner and impatient road users.

As for pedestrians and cyclists, they were usually careless when crossing roads, so they ended up being hit by moving vehicles, he said.

He said that within the same period a total of 8,414 summonses were issued involving various offences with majority were for speeding offences.

He also urged drivers to be more alert and exercise caution to avoid tragedies especially during the festive season, following the increase in the number of vehicles on the road.

After this (festive season), vehicles will be leaving Kelantan and it is hoped that all road users will be extra careful and should not overtake as and when they please, because their actions can cause accidents.

Typically, accidents occur in areas that have been identified as ‘black areas’ especially along the Kuala Krai-Gua Musang and Tanah Merah-Jeli-Gerik routes. On these roads, drivers need to be extra alert and exercise caution, he added.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

‘Op Selamat’: 13 fatalities recorded in Kelantan

KOTA BHARU, Kelantan has recorded 609 accidents during ‘Op Selamat’ since the road safety operation was launched on May 29.

State Traffic Investigations and Enforcement Department head Supt Markandan Subramaniam said out of the total, 11 were fatal accidents involving 13 deaths.

Victims included drivers, passengers, cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians, he said when contacted by Bernama here today.

Markandan said investigations revealed among major causes of the fatal accidents were due to vehicles skidding and veering towards the opposite lane, overtaking vehicles in dangerous manner and impatient road users.

As for pedestrians and cyclists, they were usually careless when crossing roads, so they ended up being hit by moving vehicles, he said.

He said that within the same period a total of 8,414 summonses were issued involving various offences with majority were for speeding offences.

He also urged drivers to be more alert and exercise caution to avoid tragedies especially during the festive season, following the increase in the number of vehicles on the road.

After this (festive season), vehicles will be leaving Kelantan and it is hoped that all road users will be extra careful and should not overtake as and when they please, because their actions can cause accidents.

Typically, accidents occur in areas that have been identified as ‘black areas’ especially along the Kuala Krai-Gua Musang and Tanah Merah-Jeli-Gerik routes. On these roads, drivers need to be extra alert and exercise caution, he added.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

Focus on integrity to avoid workplace accidents – Lee Lam Thye

KUALA LUMPUR, The value of integrity need to be given more focus in ensuring safety and health issues at the workplace are not viewed lightly.

National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said the analysis found that lack of integrity, honesty and trust elements could contribute to workplace injuries or deaths.

He said the attitude of taking short cuts and circumventing the standard operating procedures (SOPs) could lead to unsafe practices at the workplace.

Purchasing low quality personal protective equipment, for example, can increase the risk to injury of the employees.

In addition, conflicts of interest such as giving contracts to less competent vendors may expose employees to hazardous environments, he told Bernama.

Lee also stressed that all parties both in the private and public sectors should always maintain their integrity and avoid corrupt practices in order to reduce the risk of workplace accidents.

In the meantime, Lee said NIOSH to host the 22nd Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Conference and Exhibition in August, to be held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, by gathering of more than 1,000 participants including panel members from abroad.

Themed ‘Driving OSH excellence with Integrity for the Future’, the conference would involve the presentation of working papers, information and expertise sharing on how safety in the workplace could be improved, he said.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

Focus on integrity to avoid workplace accidents – Lee Lam Thye

KUALA LUMPUR, The value of integrity need to be given more focus in ensuring safety and health issues at the workplace are not viewed lightly.

National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said the analysis found that lack of integrity, honesty and trust elements could contribute to workplace injuries or deaths.

He said the attitude of taking short cuts and circumventing the standard operating procedures (SOPs) could lead to unsafe practices at the workplace.

Purchasing low quality personal protective equipment, for example, can increase the risk to injury of the employees.

In addition, conflicts of interest such as giving contracts to less competent vendors may expose employees to hazardous environments, he told Bernama.

Lee also stressed that all parties both in the private and public sectors should always maintain their integrity and avoid corrupt practices in order to reduce the risk of workplace accidents.

In the meantime, Lee said NIOSH to host the 22nd Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Conference and Exhibition in August, to be held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, by gathering of more than 1,000 participants including panel members from abroad.

Themed ‘Driving OSH excellence with Integrity for the Future’, the conference would involve the presentation of working papers, information and expertise sharing on how safety in the workplace could be improved, he said.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

Traffic congestion at Karak, slow moving at other major expressways

KUALA LUMPUR, Traffic flows at some of the main expressways are reported to be slow moving, while heavy traffic flow on the Karak Expressway Highway caused it to be quite congested.

A few accidents also contributed to the situation as road users were keen on slowing down their vehicle to watch it, such as at Km102.6 northbound from Yong Peng to Pagoh and Km206.7 northbound from Cangkat Jering to Taiping.

According to the Malaysian Highway Authority (LLM), traffic was slow moving starting from the Karak intersection until the Gombak toll plaza since 5.25 pm.

Meanwhile, PLUS Malaysia Berhad (PLUS) in a statement said all heavy vehicles were not allowed to enter the PLUS Expressway today and tomorrow in line with the Transport Ministry’s directive.

Its chief operating officer, Zakaria Ahmad Zabidi, in the statement said that the move was aimed at reducing traffic congestion, especially at the climbing areas of the expressway.

The traffic flow from the north to Kuala Lumpur is slow in Seberang Perai, Taiping to Changkat Jering and in the climbing area from the Menora Tunnel to Ipoh, he said.

The traffic movement was also slow at the climbing areas in Gua Tempurung, Tapah to Sungkai as well as Bukit Tagar to Sungai Buaya.

While from the south, traffic heading to Kuala Lumpur is moving slowly to Sedenak, Senai and Simpang Renggam to Ayer Hitam.

Traffic also slowed down at the climbing area between Pedas Linggi and Port Dickson.

PLUS also advised all drivers to rest once every two hours at the rest and service areas available along the expressway.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)