Monthly Archives: July 2011

Airbags a must in new vehicles by Jan 1, 2012

All new cars sold from next year will need to have a minimum of two frontal airbags – vehicle manufacturers must comply with this requirement, which takes effect on Jan 1, 2012, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha said.

According to reports, he said the Government is prepared to offer a grace period for vehicle manufacturers and assemblers in the country who are not able to comply with the new ruling.

“For those (manufacturers and assemblers) who are not able to comply with the ruling, they can talk to us and we are prepared to give them leniency of time. Maybe six months for them to comply,” he told reporters yesterday.

Kong said that all vehicles, except four-wheel drives, will be required to be fitted with airbags from next year, stating that a study by the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (Miros) showed that airbags and seat belts helped to save lives in road accidents.

“I think it will go a long way towards reducing the number of people who are injured in road accidents. It will also reduce the number of deaths,” he said. The reports add that Kong said both Proton and Perodua had assured they could comply with the new ruling.

source : Airbags a must in new vehicles by Jan 1, 2012

Malaysian Government To Fully Adopt IPv6 By End Of 2012

The Malaysian government is poised to fully adopt the Internet Protocol version 6 or IPv6 by the end of next year and may emerge as the first government in the world to achieve full IPv6 compliance, Deputy Information Communication and Culture Minister Datuk Joseph Salang said.

Salang said several government agencies had already adopted the IPv6 while several others were in the process of shifting from IPv4.

“The government encourages not only its agencies and departments to adopt the IPv6 but also industry players who are still using the IPv4.

“The IPv6 is more secure and has a much wider capacity and nearly inexhaustible compared to the IPv4,” he told reporters after opening the 2011 Regional IPv6 Conference, here Tuesday.

He hoped that the country’s key industry players would fully adopt the new Internet protocol by next year to facilitate communications with their clients in view of the diminishing use of the IPv4.

He said that those who refused to move to IPv6 might suffer losses in the long term due to communications problem with those who had already adopted the new protocol.

“Generally, there has been reluctance among industry players to move to IPv6 due to cost…they are looking at the cost, not at the opportunity cost,” he said.

Meanwhile, Chair of Asia Pacific IPv6 Task Force, Dr Sureswaran Ramadass, commended Malaysia, saying the country had been one of the pioneers in the IPv6 movement.

Universiti Sains Malaysia, through the National Advanced IPv6 Centre, was playing a key role in training IPv6 network engineers throughout the world, he said.

Sureswaran, who is also the National Advanced IPv6 Centre director, said to date, about 3,000 engineers had been trained in Malaysia on IPv6.

Of the total, about 1,000 were Malaysians, he said.

Source : Bernama