Friday, July 1, 2011

Traffic Enforcement

    I live on Jalan Tanjung Tokong, walk along it and observe the traffic on it from Starbucks and various coffee shops and food courts.  For three years I have been observing traffic along this main road, at various times of the day and night. I rarely have seen police cars or motorcycles. I have never seen a policeman stop a car or motorbike for speeding. I have never seen a policeman stop a car or motorbike for going through a red light (which happens several times an hour). I have never seen a policeman stop a motorcyclist for not wearing a helmet. I have never seen a policeman stop an SUV with small children hanging out of the sunroof. I have never seen a policeman stop a motorcycle with a driver and 3 or 4 children on board, none of whom are wearing helmets. I have never seen a policeman stop a motorbike for going the wrong way on the road.

    What have I seen? At least a few times a week I hear sirens blaring and loudspeakers bellowing and see police cars and BMW police motorcycles racing down the road. An accident? Rushing to a crime scene? Fire? No. These incidents are merely police escorts for some politician going to or coming from lunch. I guess they are too good to wait in traffic like the rest of Malaysia. What a wonderful way to spend the tax payers money!


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