The Malaysian government has announced its plan to legislate for electronic stability control (ESC) on all new vehicles by June 2018. The announcement was made at the Global NCAP's Stop the Crash event held at the Sepang International Circuit (SIC).
At the launch of the event, Dato' Sri Liow Tiong Lai, Malaysian Minister of Transport said, "We are proud that the Malaysian government is taking this important step forward in road safety and to be the first ASEAN country to mandate ESC."
The ESC has already been made as a standard feature for all cars in both the European and U.S. markets since 2012. This technology can improve a vehicle's stability by detecting and reducing loss of traction and it is considered as the most important car safety feature since the invention of the seat belts.
David Ward, Global NCAP secretary-general commented, "Global NCAP welcomes this announcement. This year, the UN General Assembly recommended that countries legislate to introduce Stop the Crash technologies and Malaysia have responded to the call and we congratulate them for doing so."
Professor Wong Shaw Voon, director general of MIROS and chairman of ASEAN NCAP said, "We are pleased that the Malaysian government has taken this step. ESC will save thousands of lives in Malaysia. MIROS and ASEAN NCAP urges other countries in our region to follow suit and mandate this life-saving technology."