Thursday, May 28, 2009

First class nation requires folk with first class mentality: Talib

BINTULU: A first class country has people with first class mentality, said Jepak assemblyman Datuk Talib Zulpilip on Saturday.

And to have a first class mentality, one must have good etiquette.

“Good etiquette among the community has a direct bearing on the growth of the country,” said Talib, adding that it determines how effective the country’s administration would be.

He said good etiquette can be developed through various programmes and the yearly activity jointly organised by Shell and BDA – Shell Traffic Educational Programme (STEP) is among the fine examples to develop good etiquette among the young generation, particularly when on the roads.

Talib added that through STEP, the young participants who are the general road users could learn various rules and good etiquette while on the road, for their own safety as well as the community’s at large.

“This programme is very important for the children to get to know the proper etiquette which they should follow and practise.

“Even though it is a small programme, it gives a big impact on the human capital development,” said Talib who was officiating at the closing of Bintulu Division STEP Shell/ BDA 2009 at Bintulu Traffic Park here last Saturday.

Also present were Wong Chee Yong, who representative Sarawak Shell Berhad managing director Dato Wee Yiaw Hin and BDA senior manager (environment) Wan Ibrahim Wan Ali.

Wong said the Shell traffic games in Bintulu is the fourth leg for this year after its launch in Kapit on April 25.

“The state-level finals will be held on July 25-26 in Kota Samarahan,” he said.

As an ongoing commitment, Shell Malaysia organises a variety of community outreach programmes throughout Sarawak and Sabah.

Wong said the Shell traffic games is a true partnership success story since it started in Peninsular Malaysia in 1957 and was later implemented in the state in the 1960s.

“It has educated hundreds of thousands of young children on road safety,” he said.

In Sarawak, about 6,000 students have benefited from the programme every year.

It is meant to create early awareness of the importance of nurturing a courteous culture while walking or driving on the roads, highways.

“The ultimate objective is to reduce road injuries and fatalities through improved road safety consciousness and attitude,” he said.

According to him, road safety is very high on Shell’s agenda.

Wong said Shell always emphasised on four safety rules to their staff: use safety belts; observe speed limit; don’t drive under influence of drug or alcohol and don’t use hand phone while driving.

He said each year Shell allocates about RM2 million to educate students from secondary and primary schools on the aspects of road safety nationwide.

“We will continue to work in partnership with the government to help educate the public through road safety campaigns,” he added.

He advised the participants to apply the safety lessons which they have learnt.

“It could mean the difference between getting home safely and not getting home at all,” said Wong.

A total of 12 primary and seven secondary schools took part in the programme.

The overall champion in the primary school category went to SJK Chung Hua Bintulu 2 with 139 points, followed by SJK Chung Hua Bintulu 1 (138 points) and SK Kampung Baru (129 points).

In the secondary school category SMK Bintulu emerged the overall champion with 148 points. Second and third were SMK Bandar and SMK Kidurong both with 145 points.

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