This year the workshop's content focuses on the topic of road safety and personal security. Titled 'Safety and Survival Skill' the workshop was given a boost with additional experts from the field exploring the subject further, alongside our key speaker Captain K. Bala, the founder of The Malaysian Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association (MVFRA).

Five workshops were held across Klang Valley and Johor Bahru over the weekends in May and June 2013, which saw Toyota owners and their guests keen and responsive to the safety issue. With the increasing number of crime cases in the country, public awareness for safety is crucial. Apart from safety issues the speakers addressed the latest and most current crime tactics employed today. Participants were educated to be vigilant and adopt skills and techniques to detect, overcome and survive a crime.

The first workshop kick started in Shah Alam on 19th May. After being served with refreshments and followed by a welcome note by the Director of Marketing for UMW Toyota Motor, En. Mohd Shamsor Mohd Zain, participants were all geared up to hear two renowned criminologists in Malaysia, Assistant Superintendent of Police, Mr. Foo Chek Seng and Dr. Geshina Ayu Mat Saat.

This was repeatedly stressed by ASP Foo CS who started the morning session delving into the topic of 'Road Safety and Crime Prevention'. Participants were well engaged into the topic and some even diligently took notes. Many raised questions on a highly contentious topic "mens rea", especially when attempting to defend oneself from the perpetrator.

Dr. Geshina took the centre stage next and kept the participants on their toes, touching on the inner works of a criminal. Her talk on 'Reducing Crime Vulnerability via Road and Personal Safety' gave interesting insights into the minds of criminals and parenting tips even. Yes, parenting tips such as training your child to keep his/her room tidy goes a long way in reducing tendencies for criminal activities later on in life.

In the second half of the day, the ladies were in for a treat with Captain K. Bala who shared tips specifically for the ladies. These ladies were given useful information and practical tips to protect themselves against danger that lurks everywhere. Some ladies opened up and shared their personal experiences.

Captain K. Bala who has over 19 years of experience in safety, emergency and disaster operations, marched on to Johor on the 8th and 9th of June and to Balakong on 23rd June to spread the awareness on safety to Toyota owners and their guests.

Whilst Captain K. Bala does his work in empowering Toyota owners with being Safety Smart, Toyota is continuously working towards developing innovative technology that can better people's lives as well as active and passive safety for making sure our Toyota owners and their passengers arrive safely at their destinations.

We will continue to provide value to all Toyota owners in terms of our products, after sales and as well as activities like this.

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