Oman Road Safety Association appoints CEO

Oman Road Safety Association appoints CEO

Mon, 12 November 2012
 

MUSCAT — The Oman Daily Observer

Oman Road Safety Association (ORSA), the first and only registered non-government road safety organisation, recently appointed Shaima Murtadha Ali al Lawati (pictured) as the association’s first chief executive officer.

Shaima al Lawati graduated from the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom, with a degree in Physics and pursued a career in Corporate Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility. She holds two post graduate certificates from University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, in Sustainable Business and Cross Sector Partnership. She undertook a number of roles and worked for more than 10 years in multinational organisations. She has initiated and led many sustainable and successful social projects.

Dr Wahid al Kharusi, Chairperson of Oman Road Safety Association, commented, “Making Oman’s roads safer is ORSA’s main objective and with Shaima’s vast experience in sustainable development and stakeholder management on board is definitely a milestone we will be capitalising on”.

Shaima added, “Our responsibility is to make the roads safer for our families, communities and society as a whole. We work together with all sectors in the Sultanate and seek successful international partnerships that allow us to exchange knowledge and experiences which can further enhance our programme. Road safety is a shared responsibility and I am honoured to be part of Oman Road Safety Association.

Although so much effort has already been invested in addressing road safety, we need to find the best methods for social behavioural change to reduce the risks involved. I am looking forward to taking on the new challenge as CEO and working alongside a dedicated team of professionals.”
ORSA was registered at the Ministry of Social Development on March 15, 2010. The key activities include advocacy and awareness training, capacity building and supporting research in the field of road safety. The association aims to develop community based prevention programmes such as organising walks and one-to-one awareness campaigns in different locations targeting the general public as well as carrying out sustainable projects and surveys on road safety in partnership with other stakeholders..

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Several Dead in Riyadh Truck Explosion!

Several dead in Riyadh truck explosion
 
At least 10 dead and 50 injured from explosion when truck carrying flammable liquids crashed in the Saudi capital.
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2012 07:30
 

Saudi officials said the explosion was caused when a truck carrying flammable liquids crashed [Abdullah al-Saery]
At least 10 people were killed and another 50 injured when a truck carrying flammable liquids crashed in Riyadh causing a large explosion, according to Al Jazeera correspondents.A civil defence official at the scene, who declined to be named under briefing rules, said a fuel truck had exploded after it crashed into a concrete flyover in the Saudi capital on Thursday.

An industrial building, several storeys high, was almost entirely destroyed by the blast while several nearby buildings were damaged, a witness told the Reuters news agency.

A security official told AFP news agency that a number of people perished in the explosion but did not give a toll.

“There are fatalities,” the official told AFP requesting anonymity.

The security official had said earlier that a traffic accident had occurred at a junction on Khurays Road, one of the city’s main arteries

Source: – Al Jazeera News

All About My Books!

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1 Behind The Whel! – Road Safety Novel Book. – www.bethesafedriver.com

2 Between Us Only! – The Sequel – Book 3.

3 Between Us Only! – Short Takes! – The Sequel – Two!

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1 Between Us Only!

2 The Sequel – Between Us Only!

3 Short Takes – Between Us Only!

4 Psychology of Arab Management Thinking! – Book One – Arab Management.

5 A Cry For Help! – Context and Perspectives – Arabian Management Series!

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Majid Al Suleimany

Muscat – Sultanate of Oman.

September 30th, 2012

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1       Between Us Only!

2       The Sequel! – Between Us Only!

3       Short Takes! – Between Us Only!

4       Psychology of Arab Management Thinking! – Arab Management Book. Also 5 below!

5       A Cry For Help! Arabian Management Services – Context and Perspectives!

6       Behind The Wheel! The Road Safety Novel Book – See here! – Under Publication

7       Between Us Only! – Three – The Sequel – Under Publication

8       Between Us Only! – Short Takes! – The Sequel – Two! – Under Publication.

 

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The Grand Mufti Speaks out!

The Grand Mufti Speaks out!

His Eminence, Sheikh Ahmed bin Hamad Al Khalili, speaking on Oman TV during Traffic Week, urged drivers to respect the rules of the road and castigated drivers who kill themselves and others through speeding and reckless driving. The death of a driver in a crash caused by his own negligence is deemed to be a deliberate act equivalent to suicide for which the punishment is hell.

http://www.salimandsalimah.org/documents/Salim%20and%20Salimah%20newsletter%20April10.pdf

Video is in Arabic.

Road Safety Lecture by Sheikh Khalfan Al Esry

Road Safety Lecture by Sheikh Khalfan Al Esry

http://baseera.net/video-show.php?vid=761

The Lecture is in Arabic…

 

 

His Majesty Speech On Road Safety!

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October 18th 2009HM meets with Al Batinah, Musandam shaikhs, dignitaries. Self-inflicted disability incurs personal, social burdens. Make awareness about road safety an issue in daily discussions. Road accidents, a tax of progress, should be considered seriously. Authorities concerned instructed to intensify road safety efforts. Goal of comprehensive development will continue. Ministers directed to study citizens’ requirements.

SOHAR

His Majesty Sultan Qaboos met at Seeh al Makarim in the Wilayat of Sohar yesterday with shaikhs and dignitaries from the wilayats of Al Batinah region and Musandam Governorate as part of the Royal meet-the-people tour. During his meeting with citizens, His Majesty the Sultan touched on a number of issues of concern to Oman and its citizens. Giving thanks and praise to the Almighty, His Majesty the Sultan gave a Royal speech on road accidents and their impact on social life. His Majesty said that misuse of vehicles is an irritating habit and a cause of many deaths.

His Majesty said, “While we believe that life and death are destined by Allah, we know that the Almighty has ordained that people should not cast themselves on perils. While some may die in these accidents, others who survive may be disabled and a burden for themselves, their families and their society. Therefore, we should join hands and beware of this issue.”

During his speech to the citizens, His Majesty the Sultan urged everyone to make this issue the subject of talk with families. Road safety should be discussed and public awareness should be stressed in order to limit the phenomenon (road accidents), which is a tax for what is called progress, growth and civilization (modernisation), said His Majesty. “Each thing has a tax, but this kind of tax should be seriously considered”, His Majesty added.

His Majesty the Sultan affirmed in his speech to the citizens that the authorities concerned, especially the Royal Oman Police, are carrying out their duties and raising public awareness. They will do more as they have instructions to intensify efforts for addressing this undesired phenomenon (road accidents), which should be limited as much as possible.

His Majesty said in this respect, “These issues (road accidents) may be attributed to a number of reasons, but the human factor is the main contributor. It may be negligence in maintaining one’s vehicle or a desire to reach one’s destination as fast as possible. But it is better to reach safe than on a stretcher or ending up at the emergency department in hospitals.”

His Majesty, underscoring the importance of road safety, said, “I put this issue in this way and advise everyone to attach great importance to it. It is no doubt that all sectors of the Omani society are listening to what I am saying from this blessed place. This is one of the issues that the Omani society is still suffering from.”

Summing up his speech, His Majesty the Sultan thanked Allah and stressed the fact that the Omani society has a great deal of awareness, culture and knowledge of the different issues and that Oman proceeds with steady strides towards growth, progress and prosperity. His Majesty the Sultan pleaded to the Almighty to grant everyone pardon and health.

After delivering his Royal speech, His Majesty the Sultan listened to the needs of the citizens who spoke about the requirement of their wilayats for development. In this unique kind of open dialogue between the leader and the people, His Majesty the Sultan affirmed that the goal of comprehensive development will continue to be achieved in the Sultanate for the welfare and prosperity of the Omani citizens.

His Majesty the Sultan gave his Royal directives to the ministers accompanying him during the current annual meet-the-people tour to study the requirements and work accordingly. His Majesty the Sultan later listened to a poem by one of the poets who expressed gratitude and appreciation to His Majesty the Sultan. The poem highlighted the achievements made in the Sultanate in the blessed reign of His Majesty the Sultan. The public meeting with His Majesty the Sultan was attended by ministers, advisers and walis of the Al Batinah region and Musandam Governorate. — ONA

Road accidents statistics at a glance

His Majesty, Sultan Qaboos bin Said, in an address to the nation on October 18, 2009 during his annual Meet the People Tour, urged his government and society to come together to put an end to the high toll of death and disability on Oman’s roads. Check out our blog http://www.salimandsalimah.org/blog/ for more on Oman road deaths

HM Speech on Road Safety 2

His Majety gave a short speech, that was aired on the radio & television, during his annual tour to the wilyats of the Sultanate in Sohar’s Saih Al-Makarim. His Majesty briefly spoke about the frequently discussed issue of road safety & the alarmingly high rate of accidents in the Sultanate.

The speech touched on the ways that road accidents burden society, and how combating traffic accidents should be an effort not only from the authorities, but also from drivers. His Majesty detailed the need to promote a more aware driving culture that properly contemplates the perils of negligent & careless driving in contrast with the exponential increase of risk that such negligence leads to.

His majesty’s speech should lead the Royal Oman Police, emergency services and media platforms to play a more active role in decreasing the number of accidents, and increasing the efficiency procedures that ensue should an accident fatefully occur. Perhaps, the speech will inspire more initiatives. Recently, the ROP issued a directive decreeing that no vehicle traveling on the Al-Jabal Al-Akhdar road may carry more than five passengers.

Despite there being an active step to decreasing fatalities on that road, directives like these only reduce the risk associated should an accident occur, no it’s chance of happening. It remains that awareness is the best deterrant/avoiding mechanism to tackle this issue. After today’s speech, it’s also anticipated that the Public Persecution office will be enforcing more of the 7th Chapter of the road & traffic regulations that detail retributive prison sentences, along with fines to serious traffic offenses.

The Royal Oman Police has recently announced that during the period between the 1st of January this year, and the 17th of October there was a total of 5895 accidents, which have resulted in 788 fatalities and 7998 injuries. A decrease in the number of accidents from last year (although those numbers cannot be final until year’s end) but already a higher rate of fatalities. The latest statistics from the ROP also sate that 87% of road accidents are caused by driving errors, and that a larger percentage of those are caused by excessive speed.

Short Takes! – Behind The Wheel!

For Wednesday August 22nd 2012

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F.15                 It Is The Fly! The Fly Caused The Accident! 

Sometimes there are ‘dry humour’ in these accidents. They were also going to Dubai! This road to Sohar and onwards to Dubai has killed so many people – that I think I have developed a paranoia and fear every time family members go there! I personally have tried my best not to use the road – as we are told that flying is sort of safer than flying! 

Anyway, this fly was disturbing them immensely in the car! They were joking that this was not a normal fly – but ‘ a sent one’ – if you believe in these magic and super natural things in life! There was a joke of a certain character – who had brought the fly to land on his finger at a conference. It is a bit of vulgar – so will not put it in – but you can get the general idea here. There is also the One Thousand and One Nights story – the Ali Baba stories – of how one had asked to be give the permit to hit a fly wherever it had landed – and that was how Ali Baba (?) was hit one the head because that was where the fly was! 

Coming back to the incident! So everyone was taking a swipe at the fly – including the driver of the fast moving car to Dubai! He lost control. Though no one was hurt but visibly shaken – when the car had overturned – the driver was heard to mutter – It was not me! It is the fly who had caused the accident! 

In these kind of traumas and straight-after-the-accident thing people have been heard to mutter strange things – like I cannot find my shoes – or I nearly got hit by that rod – actually the rod had hit him as he died a few seconds later. 

Imagine blaming a fly for a road accident! 

F.30              The 7 Cars Accident Pile Up

If it was someone else who was telling me the story – I might have perhaps not have believed it! But then you see this had happened to me! My car was the 6th car in the pile up. The 7th car was the one smashing into my MPV! Multi-Purpose Vehicle!

I heard the screech of brakes as the car behind me tried to stop. It was raining – and the road was wet and slippery. As I started hearing the brake screech – instinctively, intuitionally and impulsively I had slammed the brakes on of the stalled car.

It was a miracle that I had missed the last 5 cars. It all had started with one of the 7 cars involved with this pick up swerving from the outer lane to the inner lane. It seemed that he was still sleepy – it was morning in the Holy Month of Fasting of Ramadhan.

The car he hit on the left hit other 4 cars – resulting in a pile up! My MPV was the 6th car – and I tried my level best to avoid hitting the other cars in front of me – though I was at 100 kph – but do not forget that the road was wet and slippery – as it usually happens when it starts to rain in Oman!

The car that hit me was a Japanese saloon car – my MPV was American. They build these cars with steel – hard steel with rods on! Yet though I knew my car was going to be hit at any minute with this fast coming car that I could see in the rear view mirror – I was thrown into the steering – but the airbag did not go off. Probably because I was hit from the back? Lucky for me I had the seat belts on!

Imagine the Japanese car was written off after this! A person from PDO who witnessed the accident from the other side of the road – and who recognised my green MPV – told everyone in PDO – I think Majid is dead! The way the behind car crushed into him – it will be a miracle if he was alive! News spread around fast – Majid has died in the accident! One said – don’t tell the wife till we are pretty sure!

Can you imagine that the driver that hit me came out alive – though injured? I looked at the destroyed car – and really wondered how he came out alive from that car? My behind MPV was a total wreck with the impact received! He later told me – he was changing a cassette in this fast lane – and saw the accident too late! A cassette change that can kill too?

Yet the MPV was a new model introduced in the market. I wondered aloud what would have happened had I not a stronger vehicle? And though by nature I vow not to drive when it starts to rain – I made exceptions because I was hand carrying some important Company documents that I wanted Oman Air to deliver to Marmul interior desert operation location that day!

The Officer at the airport had already heard that I had died at the accident. That is the way I try to be job responsible – to even deliver the documents myself for fast delivery at risks of rain – and accidents. I could have sent by normal mail – but that is M for you!

Nobody complimented me – nor say anything nice to me for this proactive action. Though I had suffered a road accident – and neck pain for quite awhile – but it was all in silence – and in vain!

My car was let go first after the Police ROP reports. The other three cars were in need of being towed out from the roads. There was a traffic jam that lasted not less than 6 hours.

This accident spot at this Sarooj Petrol Station is always a black car accident spot. Many accidents always happen there. It is a jinxed spot – or if you believe in these things – Genie spot!

F.31              Because You Always Do Good!

I was moving towards this Petrol Station when this Western couple got out of their car – with both hugging me. What gives? Or what’s up doc? They shouted in unison – you are alive? I said Yes – God Is Great!

Then they said to me – we heard one person – with similar surname – had died in a road accident. He was driving a truck – and wearing slippers at the time! They had confused him with me. There was a tear in the woman’s eyes.

They then reminded me of a good deed I did for that family. I had actually forgotten! Then they said – Because you always do good things to people – that is why! We are so happy to see that you are alive!

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Majid Al Suleimany

The Author – August 27th 2012

11 Die in Road Accident in Eid Holidays!

11 Die in Road Accident in Eid Holidays!

Thu, 23 August 2012
 
The Oman Daily Observer
 

By Kabeer Yousuf –

MUSCAT — In one of the worst road accidents that Oman has witnessed in the recent past, two expatriate families and two young Omanis were killed in Haima yesterday.
The accident which shook Al Wosta Governorate happened when a car with members of two families who were on their way back from Salalah had a head-on collision with a 4WD carrying two Omanis.

The families were identified as Mustafa, a native of Kuttipuram in Malappuram district of Kerala, who runs a shop Zahrat al Hail in Al Khadra, his wife Ruqiya, daughter Muhsina and brother Anver.
Along with them Khalid Moulavi, a native of Kannur in Kerala, who runs a coffee shop in Bidiya, his wife Shafnas, their children Anas, Hashim, and Fatma, who were travelling in the ill-fated car, were killed.

Eye-witnesses told the Observer that the 4WD caught fire immediately after it hit the car and within minutes it was completely burnt before any rescue efforts could be launched. The salon car on the other hand rolled several times before it came to a halt killing all those inside.

This is the second major accident that raises concern among holiday-makers.

In the first such accident in Thumrait on Monday, a housewife and an infant were killed when two families were on their way to Salalah. A seriously injured girl is still in the intensive care unit at a hospital in Salalah.

Are Your Children Safe? A Letter From My Son!

Are Your Children Safe?

See also A Letter From My Son! here….

The sad and tragic thing is this – we are all fatalistic, we think if ‘your time has come, it will have come’ – and there is nothing you can do about it!

In May 2004 – 8 years ago – just imagine! – And this is what I wrote in this same column on my article titled – Accidents In The Waiting! – Believe me, I am all for Omanisation. But if we have people that are not responsible then we should act immediately without any delay, recourse or favouritism!

Keeping your distance? Remember the 2 Minute Rule? Who cares? Unless you are ‘chicken’ driving that car! These things are ‘only in the books now’ or ‘when you go first time for your Driving Test’! After that why not throw away that Traffic Rules book – just do not be left behind, join the fun and the melee too! …… Have you ever wondered what has happened to the car indicators? Even on the newer cars? How come no one is using them anymore?

And ah yes! That bus full of kids? Did you see how they pack those school kids in? Worse than a tin of sardines? What would happen if that bus applied full brakes and toppled over? Too frightening to think about it! Are we waiting till it happens, before something is done NOW? This is an accident waiting to happen. There should be more hiring of the school buses. And errant and reckless drivers forcefully removed; let them join the ‘unemployed queue’, maybe that will teach them a lesson too of life! There should at least be a teacher and or conductor on board to supervise things, especially with those unruly ruffians on board!

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Last week my highly charged and emotionalised son sent me this note – and I produce it almost verbatim – Quote – Dear Father – I have a great subject for your next weekly “Between Us Only” articles. It’s called “ Are Your Children Safe?” The reason of the question mark is because you are asking them the question, as you recall Oman has Omaniazed bus drives in every category of this business, school bus, product delivery and hard labour staff collection.

You feel that the drivers have responsibilities to collect and drop these young passengers safely to their destination. However it became more like an “Indianapolis speed racing” where apparently the driver wins 3 million dollars or something like that. They drive so fast, swerves around traffic, beat traffics lights and better yet over speeds then breaks so hard before the cameras capture them.

Who do we blame them, the authorities, the owners or the passengers for taking the risk? Why should I go to a death ride while I can walk for 1 hour to my destination, well at least I reach there safely and I know I accomplish something because I walked to my destination? Why do they drive this fast – why they take a risk and worse of all take the risk of others just because they CAN.?

I hate the stickers behind the bus “If you see this bus speeding please contact this number”, so in other words I have to first catch the bus so I can read that very small print, then take a risk calling the number while I am driving, hoping the number will be answered, then try to convince the person that it did happen. Even the Oil Tankers drivers have joined this league now – with catrosophic consequences if there is going to be an accident!

How many poor labours that have to fight for a 16 hours shift, one hour break 60 Rials per month and send 50 Rials to families to die so someone can take this seriously. If they wanted to drive fast then drive a speed car, if they have a suicidal mission then grab a gun or jump off a tall building, but leave the other people alone – Unquote.

My son goes to describe how last year he witnessed an Expatriate going to buy The Holy Quran in a bookshop was killed on the spot in the shop itself – by two errant local boys over speeding and losing control of their car! Because of the limited number of words in the column – I end it here. But it goes on for quite a while. You can see it in full in my website above – titled A Letter From My Son! And reproduced verbatim too!

Just like the chip of the old block (like father – like son!) I was talking to this ex peer also retired at this wedding function. I asked him where he was? He replied to him he has gone back to claim his house, farm and property in the islands in East Africa – as these were now being returned to the original owners after them realizing the follies of their ways of taking over other peoples’ properties – thanks to the changes! So I teased him about the security elements if it was still worth him to live there now?

His abrupt to the point and mark response shook me to my very foundations (almost the same things my son says in the other part not covered here!). He told me – ‘At least I am safer than you with the kinds of roads and driving in Oman nowadays – at least I can see that thug coming to my property – not you – just to find yourself either in hospital – in a coma or paralysed – or worse still in your grave – before even your days! There was no contest after that – and leaving him The Winner for sure!

This Omani GM was scolding me – who lost his Secretary and her family in a tragic road accident – see Why I am So Sad Today! in my website – Write More on Driving and Accidents. Frankly even before this column in 1982 in the oil company magazine (and reproduced other newspaper then!) I have been writing on the same topics! You can take the horse to the river – but you can never force it to drink the water!

Take Care!

By Majid Al Suleimany

All About Writing!

v Writing is a struggle against silence!Carlos Fuentes

v I have made this letter longer, because I have not had the time to make it shorterBlaise Pascal

v To send a letter is a good way to go somewhere without moving anything but your heart – Phyllis Theroux

v The scariest moment is always just before you start. — Stephen King

v I am a drinker with writing problems – Brendan Bahon

v The best style is the style you don’t notice. — Somerset Maugham

v The best way to become acquainted with a subject is to write a book about it – Benjamin Disraeli

Repeated Verbatim

My Dear Father,

I’ve a great subject for your next weekly “Between Us” articles. It’s called “Your children are Safe?” the reason of the question mark is because you’re asking them the question , as you recall Oman has Omaniazed bus drives in every category of this business, school bus, product delivery and hard labour staff collection. You feel that the drivers has responsibility to collect and drop these passengers safely to their destination, however it became more like an “Indianapolis speed racing” where apparently the driver wins 3 million or something like that. They drive so fast, swerves around traffic, beat traffics lights and better yet OVERSPEEDS then BREAK so hard before the cameras capture them.

 

Who do we blame them, the authorities, the owners or the passengers for taking the risk? Why should I go to a death ride while I can walk for 1 hour to my destination, well at least I reach there safely and I know I accomplish something because I walked to my destination? Why do they drive this fast, why they take a risk and worse of all take the risk of others just because they CAN.? I hate the stickers behind the bus “If you see this bus speeding please contact this number”, so in other words I have to first catch the bus so I can read that very small print, then take a risk calling the number while I’m driving, hoping the number will be answered, then TRY to convince the person that it DID happen.

For years and years Oman has never had war or conflict with any other country and for that I thank Allah, but the true war that we Omanis are facing is stupidity, ignorance and worst of all carelessness, what better way to mourn our love ones and ones we had called friends then meeting them in their grave yards, how we love talking about people we lost through sickness and health rather the ones we lost in the streets.

We’ve lost all our loved ones in the street rather than in their beds, we’ve lost many people because of speeding rather than in the air, we’ve lost more people by reckless, stupidity and selfless of any other human beings then AIDS, HIVS and Cancers, do you think this will end?, do you think that someone, somewhere is thinking about this, how many more and more people we need to die so the authorities say it’s time to stop.

How many poor labours that have to fight for a 16 hours shift, one hour break 60 rials per month and send 50 rials to families to die so someone can take this seriously. If they wanted to drive fast then drive a speed car, if they have a suicidal mission then grab a gun or jump off a tall building, but leave the other people alone!

Last Ramadhan I witness an accident that killed a Pakistani in the road, he was going to a Quran store to buy a Quran tape so he can listen to or maybe send to his family, he Qamis and Silwal was dirty, he was minimum 50 years old, maybe didn’t see his family for a long time, maybe had a dream that one day he will have everything a pure person will have in life, maybe it was peace he wanted, to be crushed by two young Omanis driving their car so fast to lost grip and crushed him only… From a crowded street. Him only and what’s the punishment of this crime. One day in jail so the other family will not have the Jewish way of revenge….. What’s is called.. A tooth for a tooth and Eye for an Eye? Sad but true, the Pakistani family right now must not only grieves that the care taker of the house is gone, no more food, no more school and worse of all No more the loved one there to see his family, kids and grandkids grow up.

But the fact that they didn’t see them before it happen, to had an iftar with him that unfortunately night with him, worse of all to have his children pray with in the mosque. Maybe it was his time, we’ll never know, but as we speak those two Omanis might have change their attitude, might have went to the Mosque and prayed, might have giving death money to that family….. Only because they killed one.

So let me get this straight. So for us to understand life and its glory and understand Islam and din is to drive FAST and KILL someone, instead of you and my mother who I adore, respect and cherish both tell me go to pray and I say no but after I KILL, DESTROTY and PUNSIH a family then I would understand life, Islam and Deen (Religion)… then sign me up for death Now, sign me up for pain and suffering all my life, sign me up for loneliness and ignorness because I rather go to hell because of my ignorenss rather to KILL, DESTROY and PUNISH a family.

All my years of driving I’ve learned one thing from you and Mama may Allah bless you both and our entire family, “That EVERYONE IS THE ROAD IS AN IDIOT BUT YOU”, which sentence sticks to my mind every time…. But now I’m going to change it, it’s now

“YOU’RE THE IDIOT TO TAKE YOUR FAMILY AND LOVE ONE TO WAR, KILL YOURSELF THAN ANYONE ELSE”

May we all die with dignity and honour in our lives, maybe than we all can be forgiven

Wishing you all the best – Love You

Your Son Fahad.

v I loved words. I love to sing them and speak them and even now, I must admit, I have fallen into the joy of writing them. — Anne Rice

About HM Speech on Road Safety!

About HM Speech on Road Safety!

Video Websites

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mAGyUvxkzOQ

The Video here –

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ArHvTT4oyro

October 18th 2009HM meets with Al Batinah, Musandam shaikhs, dignitaries. Self-inflicted disability incurs personal, social burdens. Make awareness about road safety an issue in daily discussions. Road accidents, a tax of progress, should be considered seriously. Authorities concerned instructed to intensify road safety efforts. Goal of comprehensive development will continue. Ministers directed to study citizens’ requirements.

SOHAR

His Majesty Sultan Qaboos met at Seeh al Makarim in the Wilayat of Sohar yesterday with shaikhs and dignitaries from the wilayats of Al Batinah region and Musandam Governorate as part of the Royal meet-the-people tour. During his meeting with citizens, His Majesty the Sultan touched on a number of issues of concern to Oman and its citizens. Giving thanks and praise to the Almighty, His Majesty the Sultan gave a Royal speech on road accidents and their impact on social life. His Majesty said that misuse of vehicles is an irritating habit and a cause of many deaths.

His Majesty said, “While we believe that life and death are destined by Allah, we know that the Almighty has ordained that people should not cast themselves on perils. While some may die in these accidents, others who survive may be disabled and a burden for themselves, their families and their society. Therefore, we should join hands and beware of this issue.”

During his speech to the citizens, His Majesty the Sultan urged everyone to make this issue the subject of talk with families. Road safety should be discussed and public awareness should be stressed in order to limit the phenomenon (road accidents), which is a tax for what is called progress, growth and civilization (modernisation), said His Majesty. “Each thing has a tax, but this kind of tax should be seriously considered”, His Majesty added.

His Majesty the Sultan affirmed in his speech to the citizens that the authorities concerned, especially the Royal Oman Police, are carrying out their duties and raising public awareness. They will do more as they have instructions to intensify efforts for addressing this undesired phenomenon (road accidents), which should be limited as much as possible.

His Majesty said in this respect, “These issues (road accidents) may be attributed to a number of reasons, but the human factor is the main contributor. It may be negligence in maintaining one’s vehicle or a desire to reach one’s destination as fast as possible. But it is better to reach safe than on a stretcher or ending up at the emergency department in hospitals.”

His Majesty, underscoring the importance of road safety, said, “I put this issue in this way and advise everyone to attach great importance to it. It is no doubt that all sectors of the Omani society are listening to what I am saying from this blessed place. This is one of the issues that the Omani society is still suffering from.”

Summing up his speech, His Majesty the Sultan thanked Allah and stressed the fact that the Omani society has a great deal of awareness, culture and knowledge of the different issues and that Oman proceeds with steady strides towards growth, progress and prosperity. His Majesty the Sultan pleaded to the Almighty to grant everyone pardon and health.

After delivering his Royal speech, His Majesty the Sultan listened to the needs of the citizens who spoke about the requirement of their wilayats for development. In this unique kind of open dialogue between the leader and the people, His Majesty the Sultan affirmed that the goal of comprehensive development will continue to be achieved in the Sultanate for the welfare and prosperity of the Omani citizens.

His Majesty the Sultan gave his Royal directives to the ministers accompanying him during the current annual meet-the-people tour to study the requirements and work accordingly. His Majesty the Sultan later listened to a poem by one of the poets who expressed gratitude and appreciation to His Majesty the Sultan. The poem highlighted the achievements made in the Sultanate in the blessed reign of His Majesty the Sultan. The public meeting with His Majesty the Sultan was attended by ministers, advisers and walis of the Al Batinah region and Musandam Governorate. — ONA

Road accidents statistics at a glance

His Majesty, Sultan Qaboos bin Said, in an address to the nation on October 18, 2009 during his annual Meet the People Tour, urged his government and society to come together to put an end to the high toll of death and disability on Oman’s roads. Check out our blog http://www.salimandsalimah.org/blog/ for more on Oman road deaths

HM Speech on Road Safety 2

His Majety gave a short speech, that was aired on the radio & television, during his annual tour to the wilyats of the Sultanate in Sohar’s Saih Al-Makarim. His Majesty briefly spoke about the frequently discussed issue of road safety & the alarmingly high rate of accidents in the Sultanate.

The speech touched on the ways that road accidents burden society, and how combating traffic accidents should be an effort not only from the authorities, but also from drivers. His Majesty detailed the need to promote a more aware driving culture that properly contemplates the perils of negligent & careless driving in contrast with the exponential increase of risk that such negligence leads to.

His majesty’s speech should lead the Royal Oman Police, emergency services and media platforms to play a more active role in decreasing the number of accidents, and increasing the efficiency procedures that ensue should an accident fatefully occur. Perhaps, the speech will inspire more initiatives. Recently, the ROP issued a directive decreeing that no vehicle traveling on the Al-Jabal Al-Akhdar road may carry more than five passengers.

Despite there being an active step to decreasing fatalities on that road, directives like these only reduce the risk associated should an accident occur, no it’s chance of happening. It remains that awareness is the best deterrant/avoiding mechanism to tackle this issue. After today’s speech, it’s also anticipated that the Public Persecution office will be enforcing more of the 7th Chapter of the road & traffic regulations that detail retributive prison sentences, along with fines to serious traffic offenses.

The Royal Oman Police has recently announced that during the period between the 1st of January this year, and the 17th of October there was a total of 5895 accidents, which have resulted in 788 fatalities and 7998 injuries. A decrease in the number of accidents from last year (although those numbers cannot be final until year’s end) but already a higher rate of fatalities. The latest statistics from the ROP also sate that 87% of road accidents are caused by driving errors, and that a larger percentage of those are caused by excessive speed

Be The Safe and Careful Driver!

For Wednesday July 18th 2012 

At The Workplace! – Outlook! 

Be The Safe & Careful Driver! 

www.bethesafedriver.com  

One can call it as perhaps feeling ‘Sour Grapes’ – but believe me when I am saying this now – that one of the ‘merits and advantages’ of now staying fully at home – and after a brief stint in Human Resources Consultancy works – and that convinced me to be better off at home – is this element of ‘driving myself to and back’ from work! 

It is a jungle out there – like in a war zone! When anytime a ‘car missile’ from out of nowhere lands and crushes into you – whilst you maintain to control your calm and senses – and to be the careful driver – that you have always been! That ‘defensive driving’ courses had taught you all about – that you are the only ‘safe and careful’ driver – and the rest cautioning you to take maximum care, precautions and defences! 

I used to watch the news and hear of the parents miseries and woes in war-torn Iraq where they are not sure if their children will come back home alive – and not maimed and injured from schools – or the youngsters from work! Or even going to buy food from the souqs and the markets! 

I dare say as parents we still do worry that our children are late – even if they are married and have their own lives to run! And these are for simple things like just drive out – or go to films, parties – or just take their children out! 

Strangely and ironically, our own late parents did not have such worries! Perhaps they were more stoic – braver and more courageous – or even just fatalistic in approaches. Or some will say that they were more ‘believing and religious’ than what we are now! Hopefully it will carry on to their children too? 

Frankly who can blame us? After my article on The Writer’s Block a few weeks back – I witnessed this incident which propelled me to remove the ‘fear of writing’ – and writing fully once again! 

I had bought a new washing machine – and it was being brought to my villa in Qurum Heights. As I was directing the 3 ton truck to reverse into my villa – this young Omani Driver was reversing very fast – and he nearly ran into me and into my villa gate. He came with two Indian Handymen Helpers. 

I started to rebuke him as to why he was driving this fast – and as if this was a saloon car? He curtly replied to me that he did not see me clearly. Then he started speaking in Hindi to the two Assistants – saying that these rich people – even our own – are ridiculing us like this – because I am a poor Driver! 

The thought of ‘being considered rich’ because of the area I was staying – shook me in mirth – and broke me up in jest to my very bones – for quite awhile! I guess he does not read English – and or my columns! 

I can hear the lingo. So I told him in Arabic – You got it all wrong – son! Please be grateful to Allah you have a job still – because if I were still in the Offices in HR – you will be given a Final Warning Letter the way you are driving now!

This seemed to shake him quite a lot – and make him come to his senses! Especially after I had told him that with his Secondary Education – he should be thankful that he has and got a job – with many youngsters – just like him – and even with College Diplomas – still looking for jobs! 

Here is a very angry young man – a local boy – ‘angry at the world – and at himself – and the truck he was driving’ – and can easily cause wanton damages and harm with his kind of driving – and in this truck of his too! Do you know what is the scary part? How many others just like him are there on the roads now? If you remember my article too – Are Your Children Safe?

Anyway, the good news is that I have now finalised the First Book Draft of my New Book based on Road Safety titled – Behind The Wheel! I have also created a special website to go along with the book – please visit www.bethesafedriver.com It is now so easy, cheap and convenient to set up websites. Though it was a subject close to my heart, it was one of my most difficult books I had ever contemplated and made! I have put in some ‘sample works’ in my website above. 

Although I do not have Wastah (Influence) like the others – but I still believe deep in my heart – that this is still a noble worthy National cause – and even if you have not believed in my previous works for whatever reason – please be ethical, fair and principled – even professional – in lending support and encouragement to this book at least. Even if I never give up hope – and do all these things alone by myself!

Ramadhan Kareem! Take Care!

By: – 

Majid Al Suleimany 

www.majidalsuleimany.com

 

Don’t Die Young! By Mohamed Anwar Al Balushi

Don’t die young; let us practise safe driving! 

The Columns – Outlook!  

The Oman Daily Observer! 

Mon, 25 June 2012 

By Mohammed Anwar Al Balushi – morwared@hotmail.com

In fact the subject is not new. You must have been reading or hearing about it every day. You might also know what could be there in this subject but might have decided not to go into it deeply and waste your valuable time. Dying young is a similar story.

A month ago I lost one of my colleagues in a car accident in Sinaw road. He was very young at 25 years of age and I still remember his innocent face and the smile. Last year I have lost two friends of mine in a car accident in Maabela. They were brothers, and newly married. One was 24 years old and his brother was around 26. They both died together on the spot before reaching the hospital.

There are many tragic stories told about road accidents. You must be one of those who have lost some of your beloved friends or relatives in car accidents.

The question is why do these people die young under such circumstances? It is true that life and death are not in your hands. It is for God to decide. Lets consider once again: people dying every day in car accidents is a valid reason? It is also true that if someone has decided to die there is little chance that anyone can stop him or her of doing so.

But why have they decided so? Are you fed up with life? And who have given you the right to play with your life? What image are you giving to your neighbouring countries? What message are you passing to the tourists who visit your beautiful country? They must be saying that people in GCC are careless.

They have more than what they are supposed to have and that’s why they don’t know how to use them and get benefits from the facilities provided by the government.

I remember once as I was sitting in a café and having a juice, there was a foreigner reading a newspaper. In the front page of the newspaper there was a shocking news which said: “Two people died in car accident”. He laughed, not because of the news but because of the reason for the death and the way the newspaper had highlighted it.

Of course, from the government side, they have done and still doing their every best to reduce such tragedies. As a citizen of the country you also have some duties towards the same. If you properly follow the instructions of the Royal Police of Oman, will be there such car accidents?

Instead of driving at a speed of 180 why did you not to slow down as instructed by the ROP? You must be a champion in driving, and I am sure other drivers can’t defeat you. But can you defeat death? Can you compete with death? Don’t forget, your life is valuable to you, and no one can replace you.

The insurance company may cover RO 5,000 or more than that, and also all your liabilities at the bank might be insured and you don’t need to worry. But any amount will not replace you ever. Your life is not only yours.

In your life there is a mother who wants to see you growing up and contributing for the good of the community. There are brothers and sisters who want to share their happiness and sadness with you

There are friends who love you more than your brothers. There are children who want to see their father coming back home with toys.

There is a spouse who wants to share in your love, future plans and plans for kids. There could be a lover who wants to spend some good time with you and recite poems or Nizzar Qabbani’s ghazals for you. There could be an organisation that could make use of your great ideas, efforts and contributions. Finally, in your life there is a person hidden in you who wants to see you in different roles and stages in life.

Remember, you are very important for every one. You are the asset of this great country ‘Oman’. Life is a gift from God. Hold your life like a rose and don’t even allow anyone to play with it. No matter what pressures you may have because of the problems you have.

Death is not the solution to your problems, on the contrary it increases. Never forget that while you are driving someone is always waiting for you, and stop yourself from dying young.

 

Behind The Wheel! New Road Safety Book – Novel Type! By Majid Al Suleimany

Behind The Wheel! New Road Safety Book – Novel Type! By Majid Al Suleimany

Behind The Wheel! New Road Safety Book – Novel Type – Near Completion!

With only some images and Appendices to add separately, the book is now almost complete – ALR! God Is Great!

FYI…..

Sample Stories out of 52 stories….

F.30 The 7 Cars Accident Pile Up

If it was someone else who was telling me the story – I might have perhaps not have believed it! But then you see this had happened to me! My car was the 6th car in the pile up. The 7th car was the one smashing into my MPV! Multi-Purpose Vehicle!

I heard the screech of brakes as the car behind me tried to stop. It was raining – and the road was wet and slippery. As I started hearing the brake screech – instinctively, intuitionally and impulsively I had slammed the brakes on of the stalled car.

It was a miracle that I had missed the last 5 cars. It all had started with one of the 7 cars involved with this pick up swerving from the outer lane to the inner lane. It seemed that he was still sleepy – it was morning in the Holy Month of Fasting of Ramadhan.

The car he hit on the left hit other 4 cars – resulting in a pile up! My MPV was the 6th car – and I tried my level best to avoid hitting the other cars in front of me – though I was at 100 kph – but do not forget that the road was wet and slippery – as it usually happens when it starts to rain in Oman!

The car that hit me was a Japanese saloon car – my MPV was American. They build these cars with steel – hard steel with rods on! Yet though I knew my car was going to be hit at any minute with this fast coming car that I could see in the rear view mirror – I was thrown into the steering – but the airbag did not go off. Probably because I was hit from the back? Lucky for me I had the seat belts on!

Imagine the Japanese car was written off after this! A person from PDO who witnessed the accident from the other side of the road – and who recognised my green MPV – told everyone in PDO – I think Majid is dead! The way the behind car crushed into him – it will be a miracle if he was alive! News spread around fast – Majid has died in the accident! One said – don’t tell the wife till we are pretty sure!

Can you imagine that the driver that hit me came out alive – though injured? I looked at the destroyed car – and really wondered how he came out alive from that car? My behind MPV was a total wreck with the impact received! He later told me – he was changing a cassette in this fast lane – and saw the accident too late! A cassette change that can kill too?

Yet the MPV was a new model introduced in the market. I wondered aloud what would have happened had I not a stronger vehicle? And though by nature I vow not to drive when it starts to rain – I made exceptions because I was hand carrying some important Company documents that I wanted Oman Air to deliver to Marmul interior desert operation location that day!

The Officer at the airport had already heard that I had died at the accident. That is the way I try to be job responsible – to even deliver the documents myself for fast delivery at risks of rain – and accidents. I could have sent by normal mail – but that is M for you!

Nobody complimented me – nor say anything nice to me for this proactive action. Though I had suffered a road accident – and neck pain for quite awhile – but it was all in silence – and in vain!

My car was let go first after the Police ROP reports. The other three cars were in need of being towed out from the roads. There was a traffic jam that lasted not less than 6 hours.

This accident spot at this Sarooj Petrol Station is always a black car accident spot. Many accidents always happen there. It is a jinxed spot – or if you believe in these things – Genie spot!

*****

F.31 Because You Always Do Good!

I was moving towards this Petrol Station when this Western couple got out of their car – with both hugging me. What gives? Or what’s up doc? They shouted in unison – you are alive? I said Yes – God Is Great!

Then they said to me – we heard one person – with similar surname – had died in a road accident. He was driving a truck – and wearing slippers at the time! They had confused him with me. There was a tear in the woman’s eyes.

They then reminded me of a good deed I did for that family. I had actually forgotten! Then they said – Because you always do good things to people – that is why! We are so happy to see that you are alive!

Best Regards,

Majid Al Suleimany

The Author

July 8th 2012

Contacts – Welcome Contributions – Road Safety Articles.

Contacts – Welcome Any Contributions – Road Safety Articles.

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The site is by a Retired PDO HR Official – who believes passionately in Road Safety – and has also written a Novel Type book on Road Safety – titled – Behind The Wheel!

Read more here!

Best Wishes and Regards,

Majid Al Suleimany – Muscat – Sultanate of Oman.

July 27th 2012

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May Our Lord Guide us all to do the Right Things in The Right Path Always – Amin!