‘Strap them in prop­erly’

> Par­ents told to en­sure chil­dren’s car safety with right equip­ment

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY LOW SOCK KEN

ISKANDAR PUTERI: Par­ents must en­sure that their ve­hi­cles are prop­erly fit­ted with the right child re­straint or booster seat when trav­el­ling with chil­dren be­low seven years of age.

Jo­hor State Women, Fam­ily And Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee chair­man Asiah Md. Ariff said it is the par­ents’ re­spon­si­bil­ity to en­sure that their chil­dren are safely strapped when trav­el­ling in a ve­hi­cle.

“The two-year-old tod­dler who was flung out of a car and sub­se­quently killed af­ter be­ing run over by an­other ve­hi­cle is not the first case in Malaysia,” she said, adding that the au­thor­i­ties have re­peat­edly ad­vised par­ents to al­ways en­sure that chil­dren are strapped in prop­erly.

On Satur­day, Goh Hao Zheng Jay­den was killed in Desa Cer­malang, Ma­sai af­ter the back pas­sen­ger door flew open while the car was in mo­tion caus­ing him to fall out.

Asiah said of­ten par­ents are very lack­adaisi­cal and take safety for granted in­clud­ing not ad­min­is­ter­ing the child lock on car doors.

“There’s no point cry­ing af­ter an in­ci­dent hap­pens. To me, it’s neg­li­gence as peo­ple al­ways think it will never hap­pen to them,” she added.

Asiah also at­trib­uted other in­ci­dences such as chil­dren fall­ing down, their feet get­ting stuck in es­ca­la­tors, and los­ing their chil­dren in shop­ping malls and crowded places, to neg­li­gence.

An aware­ness cam­paign will be or­gan­ised if there are more such in­ci­dents, she said.

State as­sem­bly­man Chew Peck Choo (Yong Peng-DAP) when con­tacted said the child would not have died if the par­ents paid more at­ten­tion to his safety.

Sim­i­larly, she added, par­ents must also not leave their chil­dren unat­tended in a ve­hi­cle with the mo­tor run­ning.

She said it is im­por­tant that par­ents cul­ti­vate good habits to re­duce putting chil­dren at risk.

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