Deceased road accident victims will no longer be clumsily covered and exposed to the public with the launch of DBPRO, an innovative product of Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas).
The DBPRO or “dead body protector” functions to cover dead bodies from the view of the public before they can be transported from the accident site by law enforcement officers and other emergency response teams.
The product, which can only be used once before disposal, can fit all body sizes and is light and can be fold for ease of storage and handling.
The DBPRO is not only functional but it is also environmentally friendly as it is made out of recyclable materials.
Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan said that the DBPRO is versatile and can also be used in other scenarios like during a crime scene or in cases of disaster.
“This product is simple but very practical. There are road accidents that involved the loss of life everyday and this product ensures that the victim would not remain exposed to the public eye, as a respect to that person and the family.
“Of course, we do not want to see a dead body remain exposed or covered with only newspapers or plastics. DBPRO would enable the authorities to cover dead bodies in a more decent and respectful manner,” he said during the product launch at Unimas recently.
The university, led by Unimas Associate Professor Dr. Saiful Bahari Mohd Yusoff and his team of researchers, is currently trying to commercialise the product in the collaboration with JSMAT Development and Construction Sdn Bhd.
Awang Tengah also suggested Unimas to take their product worldwide.
He recommended continuous research and development to create innovations with big potential and added value to be done by the university for the purpose of commercialisation.
“Besides, higher learning institutes should also collaborate with the the private sector to share their expertise and also to gain fund for their research.
“Our universities need to intensify their research and collaborate with industry players so that their ideas can be realised and not sitting on a shelf somewhere. Continuous research and strategic collaboration would help bring our innovation to reach global standards,” he added.
The idea for the protector came to Saiful Bahari in 2009 after he saw a road accident involving a senior citizen couple. He felt uneasy seeing the lifeless bodies on the road and that they should not be exposed out of respect for the grieving family on site.
Other than that, he said that by properly covering fatal road accident victims, it would also protect people especially children, from being traumatized by disturbing images.
A total of 350 DBPRO units were distributed to nine selected agencies during the event.