Malaysians have once again reared their ugly heads on the roads.
When several motorists were spotted using the emergency lanes to speed up their travel times late last month, Malaysians were up in arms regarding the issue. This time, road users have managed to anger netizens once again by driving in the opposite direction.
The incident, caught in a dashcam footage, occurred near the Rubber Industry Smallholders Development Authority (Pihak Berkuasa Kemajuan Pekebun Kecil Perusahaan Getah/RISDA) office at 12:01pm today (Thursday, 9th June).
You can watch the video by clicking “See more” in the Facebook post above.
The video was posted by a Kuantan road user with the Facebook name Ah Lee 40 minutes after the incident. In the video, several cars can be seen driving against traffic even though there were cars heading down the direction.
A netizen by the name of Shamirul Hanif tried to defuse the anger of commenters by saying, “(They) did not do it on purpose… There was a fire on Jalan Sg. Lembing.. Please understand (the situation) before making this go viral… (Bkan di sengaja kan..sebb ada kebakaran jalan sg.lembing..,tolong berfikir dan ambil tahu sebelum viral..).”
Jalan Sungai Lembing is adjacent to Jalan Haji Junid, where the RISDA office is situated at.
However, the comment only provoked the ire of the fellow commenters, who explained that it is still irresponsible and selfish for anyone to drive on the opposite side of the road.
Our take? We think that it’s extremely self-centred for anyone to drive on the opposite direction just to decrease his/her travel time. It is similar to driving on the emergency lanes, as both could cause inconveniences for other drivers.
What if it was another ambulance driving down the road? Another innocent human life would be sacrificed all because of someone’s thoughtless action. We strongly urge our readers to be patient and more empathic towards other commuters when driving on the roads.
How many of you have experienced similar situations on the road? What would you have done if you were in this situation? Tell us by leaving a comment in the comments box below.