KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 9): The move of the Ministry of Transport (MOT) in not offering discount for summonses of the Road Transport Department (RTD) in conjunction with the Madani government's one-year anniversary programme is to educate the people.
Transport Minister Anthony Loke Siow Fook said the ministry had been practising the policy of not giving discounts since 2018, when he was heading the ministry.
“We have this policy since 2018, when I was the transport minister that year. At that time, I also cancelled more than RM4 million in Automated Enforcement System (AES) camera summonses [on a] one-off [basis], and the people welcomed the gesture.
“We want to send a message to the public that the summonses are to educate. If we give discounts, it would not be fair to others who paid their summonses within the stipulated time,” he said after visiting the ministry’s stall in the programme at the grounds of the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil here on Saturday.
Loke stressed that the RTD is a responsible agency looking after road safety, and would not compromise on the matter, and that the Cabinet and Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Mohd Zuki Ali had been informed as road offences should be viewed seriously.
“Yesterday (Friday), I was informed that members of the public came to RTD counters to get summons discounts, and they were disappointed, so I apologise for the misunderstanding.
“When the matter turned abit tense yesterday (Friday), I had a special meeting with the MOT secretary general and the RTD's top management, on the response of the people on the matter, and we unanimously agreed that no discounts will be given,” he said.
According to him, even though there was no discount for RTD summonses, the ministry also held other programmes, such as giving away 5,000 safety helmets, which received encouraging response from the people, apart from lucky draws offering flight tickets to the public.
Loke said that following the people’s reception, the ministry added another 2,000 brand-new helmets, bringing the total number of helmets to 5,000 units for the three-day programme from Friday to Sunday.
According to him, the state Road Safety Council will be extending the initiative throughout the country, including Sabah and Sarawak, to ensure the people, especially motorcyclists, optimise road safety by putting on safety helmets.
"We cannot just distribute them here (Bukit Jalil), as those who came were only from the Klang Valley and nearby areas. We will distribute safety helmets nationwide next year through the respective state Road Safety Councils,” he said.
The three-day Madani government's one-year anniversary programme gives focus on three components, namely the one-year achievement showcase, the people’s touchpoint services and the people’s well-being initiative.
The closing ceremony will be officiated by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim on Sunday, and attended by the government's top leadership.