Citation for Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye, Truck Man of the Year 2014

POSTED BY Nigel Andretti ON 11 September 2014

Citation for Yang Berbahagia Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye
Truck Man of the Year 2014

Our Truck Man of 2014 is a brand by himself. He is a passionate advocate of life and human beings.
A Michaelian from Ipoh, he started working life as a temporary teacher after his Form Five Senior Cambridge in 1965.
In 1967, Lee became a trade unionist and later joined politics in 1969. He was a two-term State Assemblyman after he settled down in Kuala Lumpur and a four-term parliamentarian until he retired from politics in 1990.
He is currently Chairman of the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Chairman of Eco World Foundation, and Vice-Chairman of the Malaysia Crime Prevention Foundation (MCPF).
He has been an ardent advocate for workplace and road safety. Through his involvement in educational campaigns for road safety in schools and educational institutions, Lee hopes to inculcate into all young Malaysians a safety culture and respect for safety rules and regulations.
And we’re here tonight to recognise his achievement as chairman of the Independent Advisory Panel to the Ministry of Transport regarding last year’s Genting Sempah crash that killed 37 passengers – the worst in Malaysian history.
The IAP’s report was released by Acting Transport Minister, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein to the public this February.
The publication of this report is a landmark achievement because it identifies 51 areas where the government can take action to improve express bus safety specifically and road safety in general.
As far as we know, there are about 30 other crash reports that are still under the Official Secrets Act and as long as reports are locked up, society is denied a chance to learn from mistakes.
This report is significant because it throws light on bad practices by certain members of the transport industry in collaboration with some officers from the very agencies entrusted to supervise traffic and vehicle construction safety.
The IAP was done in three months and it was made possible through the team work and commitment of the members of the Independent Advisory Panel.