Malaysia has the second highest road deaths in South East Asia, after Thailand. Thailand road death is 38.1 out of every 100,000, well as Malaysia is 25 deaths out of every 100,000. Singapore is the safest with only 5.1 deaths per 100,000 people, according to WHO.
These alarming figures were highlighted at the opening of the International Crashworthiness Conference 2014, held for the first time in Malaysia.
A statement by the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (Miros), issued in conjunction with the event, said it was “more a sense of attitude than infrastructure that caused road deaths”.
“For Malaysia, there were 6,915 deaths from 6,308 fatal accidents last year, which is an average of 18.9 deaths per day,” the statement said.
Miros director-general Prof Dr Wong Shaw Voon said nearly six times as many road death victims were men compared to women.