MIRI: The state Ministry of Transport (MOT) and Sarawak Road Safety Council are planning to revive the Traffic Game throughout the state, as part of road safety education.
State Transport Minister Dato Sri Lee Kim Shin told a press conference yesterday there are a total of six traffic gardens throughout Sarawak; namely in Kuching, Sibu, Sri Aman, Bintulu, Sarikei and Miri.
"I have inspected the one in Kuching which needs some minor repair and touching-up and I will be going to Bintulu on Tuesday (April 11) to inspect the traffic garden there.
"As for Miri, the situation here is similar to that of Kuching, and needs some repair and touching and perhaps, re-design of the facility," said Lee.
He believes that reviving the traffic games is possible as the facilities were already there.
"A survey was done amongst people of all strata of society including parents and teachers. Most of them feel that the Traffic Game is a very good educational activity to educate young road users.
"The feedback from participants of previous traffic games were also very positive, thus the decision to revive the game," he said.
Traffic games started as Shell Traffic Game in Sarawak in 1963 and was held annually with various government agencies and participated by schools. The last game was hosted in 2013.
When asked whether MOT will collaborate with Shell Malaysia, the Senadin assemblyman explained that due to other corporate commitments, Shell would not able to host the event, but had pledged their support for the programme.
He added that they will also be approaching other corporate companies and other agencies, and he hopes to see the programme to be community-based to create desired impact on road safety awareness.
The Borneo Post