KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia has constantly worked to improve consumer safety, including on road safety through standardisation activities especially in standards development, says Science, Technology & Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Madius Tangau.
According to him, the Industrial Standard Committee of Transport and its Technical Committees have developed 252 Malaysian Standards (MS) with some of the products including helmets, new pneumatic tyres and airbags, already having their related MS.
“Of the 252 MS, 17 standards have been made mandatory by both regulators. Products complying with mandatory standards definitely can help consumers to distinguish quality and safety of the products through certification marks and labelling recognised by the respective regulators.
“Malaysia is also an active member of ISO Technical Committee 22 on Road Vehicles and Technical Committee 241 on Road Traffic Management Systems.
“These involvements are in line with The Road Safety Plan of Malaysia 2014-2020, which aims to minimise road accidents, injuries and fatalities by 2020,” he said when launching the 39th International Organisation of Standardisation Consumer Policy Committee (COPOLCO) Meeting here today.
Standards Malaysia was established on Aug 24, 1996 under the ministry and governed by the Standards of Malaysia Act 1996, to provide confidence through credible standardisation and accreditation services for global competitiveness.
Themed ‘Road Safety by Design’, the four-day meeting which began yesterday was organised for the second time in Kuala Lumpur by Standards Malaysia. – BERNAMA