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Malaysian Driving Attitude

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Personally I dislike criticizing people, but after reading TV Smith's Gold for Eigth, I just can't forget many "friendly" encounters I met on Malaysian roads.

Recent years there's been sign of emergence of many characters shown on the road, which should be part of our glorious rich culture and can be considered to be listed as teaching material in our successful teaching topic of "Pendidikan Moral".


1. "Efficient"
Many unsatisfied Malaysian driver towards PWD (a.k.a. JKR) on their road construction, Malaysian try to modify the width of the road by squeezing their cars by making a 2-lane road become a 4-lane road, by taking over 4-th lane (emergency lane) or any lane that does not goes with the same direction.

2. "Recycle"
For the cause of saving the natural resources, adhering to Government's call to "Recycle, that what you do, Recycle...", Malaysian drivers decided to utilize the under utilized 2-lane wide road leads to Kerinchi Link from KL nearby Midvalley, by redirecting traffic towards Federal highway (KL-PJ). Creating a 5-lane to 3-lane bottleneck, which should be listed as a Malaysian Book of Records.

3. "Blind"
For many people ignorantly look down at physical incomplete people, some Malaysian thinks that is wrong. Yes! Many Malaysian drivers took the call by acting blind, by halting their cars on yellow boxes, which were meant to be "no stopping zone". Nevertheless, the common response is - "Eh? What yellow-box?". Such Support-The-Blind drive has been extremely successful, and should be listed as part of the Malaysian Book of Record.

4. "Fish-monger"
Owing to the recent raise of fish prices, many Malaysian decided to cut cost by "sell-fish". You will be seeing many drivers on the top using their horn to force people to cross a junction or even to ignore red traffic light which indicates stop.

5. "Cut-cost"
In the spirit of cutting cost, reduce budget and spent wisely, some Malaysian drivers decided to save on their battery maintenance through reduce the number of use on their signal lights. No more signal indication will be given to all road users.

6. "Caring"
Malaysian are famous for hospitable and caring people. Some drivers really took pity of those emergency patient found rushing to hospital in an ambulance. They would follow closely behind the ambulance right after the ambulance passes them.

7. "Multi-tasking"
Malaysian drivers tend to do many things while they are on the road. Maybe this is the side effect of using Microsoft Windows. Other than talking on the phone, sms and icq on road, many tends to have a quick meal over the wheels too. Not only "curing" their stomach, they always been caring enough to fertilize the road by throwing out their left overs out of their windows.


There's more, but enough to say. For those who are not behaving on road, I do look down on you. Silly you, causing many inconvenience to other road users. For those who think they did nothing wrong, please don't act righteous. Silly you, stop dreaming.

For those who does behave on the road, I respect you and there will be a better future for us Malaysian, hopefully.



4 Comments (Post a Comment)

Blogger frus
5:52 PM


I so agree with you especially on the signalling, kerinchi bottleneck (I had to drive that road everymorning), the 4 lane thing and the ambulance thing. They really p*** me off. I only encountered the blind and fishmongers only on few occasions though. But I myself do multitasking but not till a bad extent. Most slow drivers on the road are often multitaskers. No matter how we complain about others, they still do it, because almost every driver are doing it. Unless the government plans to setup some special ethical driving control on the road.
Blogger kiawin
10:31 PM


Of course, I personally does do some multitasking, but only to a certain extend. I enjoy eating bread while driving, duno why. Haha. Nevertheless, it's just that I am very dissapointed that everyone is doing it without even think whether it is proper or not.

coincidently, Wah! FM (a chinese radio station) have similar discussion today on Wu Jian Biao's programme, discussing about the alarming increment of road accidents in Malaysia. I respect him for one thing, He reminded all radio listener that, instead of pointing finger at inefficiency of our law on road, why we don't look at ourselves, and make a change? He just spoke something that I felt the same la ;)
Anonymous Anonymous
2:29 AM


Being a Malaysian myself, I am very embarrassed with Malaysian drivers atiitude. They very arrogant, selfish, self-centered and reckless. They can just slip in your lane as and when they see a gap without signalling. Even if you give way to them, don't aspect a Thank You.

Very frustrated when I am on the road. I guessed we will have to be more considerate to others. I can foresee it will take many years to abolish this.
Anonymous Anonymous
2:33 AM


Being a Malaysian myself, I am very embarrassed with Malaysian drivers atiitude. They very arrogant, selfish, self-centered and reckless. They can just slip in your lane as and when they see a gap without signalling. Even if you give way to them, don't aspect a Thank You.

Very frustrated when I am on the road. I guessed we will have to be more considerate to others. I can foresee it will take many years to abolish this.

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