Saturday, September 6, 2008

MIROS a One-Year-Old Baby

MIROS logo1. Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research or well known as MIROS is being 1 year old already. Actually to be precise, it is already alive for 1 year and 8 months. Time is indeed moving so fast that I barely remembered what is actually going on but so many things are changed without we notice it.

2. Some fact about MIROS is the institute began its road safety operation on January 3, 2007 and if I could remember correctly at that time, it has only one staff who is Director General himself. What?! You don't believe me? It is true and the fact that he is alone is went through up until the 3rd or 4th week where Abdul Rahmat Abdul Manap joined as first research officer. Something that you as Malaysian must be proud is MIROS is the first road safety research institute in Southeast Asia as well as the third in the Asia-Oceania region (after those in Japan and Australia). Quite astounding eh?

MIROS Staff3. The objective of the institute, together with Road Safety Department (JKJR) is to reduce the the accident rate by more than 50% from the current 4.2 deaths per 10,000 vehicles to two deaths per 10,000 vehicles by 2010. Can we achieve that? We will see.

4. The research officers and staffs are increasing each month, from merely 15 people (when I joined) up to 180 people at the moment (actually I not even know the number but this is the latest fact that I know huhu), scattering on administration and 3 major departments which is Human Behavior & Trauma Management, Traffic Safety & Environment and Biomechanics & Vehicle Safety.

5. 3 months ago, MIROS had been led by Prof Dato' Radin Umar Radin Sohadi (transferred) but currently led by Prof Dr. Ahmad Farhan Mohd Sadullah with the headquarters located at Taman Kajang Sentral, near SILK Highway. So many things to do, and so many thing to achieve, to being to the same par with other established road safety institute on other countries. But hopefully, with the rapid efforts done by MIROS researchers and staffs, people will benefits greatly and the safety consciousness among people will arise for better future.

Don't you agree? Feel free to add and comments..

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