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‘Uncertified helmets are risky but hard to get off the market’

on 19 Mac 2010.

By RINTOS MAIL

KUCHING: The government acknowledged the risks of using uncertified helmets and admitted that it was not easy to get rid of these products from the market unless the country practiced a close door economy.

Motorcyclists and pillion riders in Malaysia should only be using Sirim certified crash helmets, but apparently many were still using the uncertified ones.

Transport Deputy Minister Datuk Abd Rahim Bakri said the relevant authorities were concerned about the wide use of uncertified helmet but they could not stop them from coming to the country.

“Our country is practicing liberalisation of trade and so anything can come in the country.

“This can be a problem. While we encourage liberalisation of trade, we also have the problem of import of uncertified goods.

“That is why everything, including helmets, can come from China and a lot of them are not certified by Sirim,” he said after the launch of the Public Higher Learning Institution level helmets application campaign at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) here Thursday.

Abd Rahim said that it was quite difficult to contain the application of uncertified helmets because if the country were to really follow procedure, it needed the participation of other relevant ministries such as the International Trade and Industries Ministry and Domestic Trade and Consumers’ Affair Ministry.

“For now, we just have to advise so that the people are aware that when they buy a helmet it is actually to protect their head,” he said.

State Road Safety Department director Rano Aylwini Akat claimed that uncertified helmets entering Sarawak were usually declared at the Custom port as toys.

“Stickers indicating that the goods are toys were also pasted on the helmets, but were later sold to the public as safety helmets,” he said.

Rano, however, believed that the use of uncertified helmets would be reduced after the Malaysian Motorcycle Dealers Association signed a memorandum of understanding with the Road Safety Department, where they commit not to sell helmets not certified by Sirim.

“The problem is with the dealers who are not members of the association and who are still selling uncertified helmets. This is the one that we want to address now,” he said.

 

Extracted from The Star Online.

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