Why are we still harping on our differences ?

A friend asked me: What is typical of Malaysians?

Well, being Malaysian all my life, and that is more than half a century long, I think I may be qualified to say something. Despite the differences in colour, faiths, there are many similarities among the difference groups of Malaysians.

For one thing, they like to use the word ‘lah’. So What’s wrong lah? This is the beauty of Malaysian language lah..

To know the psyche of a person, maybe the best way is to see how they drive. Psychologists will tell us that a person can be very polite when meeting people, and can be the perfect gentleman, but once inside the protective cocoon of his car,  he will show his true self and true colour..

So you can see whether a person is impatient, ‘kiahsu’, ‘stressed’, mischievous’ or aggressive by noting the way the person drives. Similarly, by observing the action of majority of drivers, we can judge the collective psyche of a people.

Malaysian drivers do not stop at zebra crossing. Unlike their counterparts in the West, or even Singapore, or even Phuket of Thailand, people speed when they see you walking towards a zebra crossing. Even when you are standing at the start of the crossing, they will not stop for you. When the odd driver stops and allows you to cross, the cars behind him will be blasting their honks… this is typical of many Malaysian drivers.

zebra crossing

these  people will probably be run over in Malaysia ( pic from eta.co.uk )

More and more commonly, at traffic lights, when the green changes to amber, cars will not slow down as they are supposed to, but instead, you can see drivers revving up their engines and speed through, even when the car is a 20 year old junk, and even when such driving will burn a big hole in their pockets as the car will consume more petrol in sudden acceleration.

Not to be outdone, there are this group of kiahsu drivers who look at others’ traffic light instead of their own set of lights. When the other set turns red,(or even amber) and before their own set turns green, they will be shooting through like a F1 car.

Just imagine, with one set of drivers shooting through the traffic light when light changes to red, and the opposing set of drivers on the go before their light changes green, what will happen? …You do not need Nostradamus to tell you…  a collision of course.

Then there are the Malaysian habits of holding steering wheel with one hand while the other more ‘important’ hand will be holding the ‘more important’ handphone to their ears and chatting…Even police summons will not dampen their habits of holding ‘important’ conversation over the phones while driving.. I have a phobia for this type of driver, and whenever I see in the rearview mirror someone holding a handphone and driving behind me, I will immediately change lane to let him pass..

Queuing cutting is the norm for most Malaysian drivers.. Nevermind by cutting queue, you are going to slow a whole lane of vehicles behind you down… Your time is apparently more precious than the sum of all the time wasted by all the other drivers behind you because of your queue cutting.

Then there is this habit of double or triple parking right in front of the place you want to go to, even though further down the road , there are plenty of empty parking spaces. You may save your few minutes walking, but you will be wasting the time of many drivers who have to slow down and squeeze through the narrow space due to your double parking. Actually,  by walking a few yards more a day, you may delay your ‘heart attack’ by a few years..But if you choose to have  a heart attack early by double or triple parkings and walking less, then perhaps this is what we called Karma?

What about launching ‘missiles’ out of the car window when driving? It can be plastic, paper bags, tissues, etc etc . The worst kind of missiles  will be that of spitting out of their windows, or throwing cigarette butts out without putting the flame out first…. There is no qualms about littering at all.  But  then these drivers may argue that even cars with Singapore plates have been noted to do so in Malaysia, even though they will never do it down in their own country.

 I have mentioned before about some drivers going against the traffic into  one way roads before (getting common nowadays) , so I am not going to repeat here.

ANd what about this? Some time in the middle of the night, you stop at a red light , but the cars behind you will sound their honks because they think your are an idiot to stop when there is no on coming traffic,  nevermind that you are just trying to be good citizen and obey the law?

Most Malaysian drivers have done this..

The driving behaviour of Malayians tell us something of us as a people.This collective psyche tells that most Malaysians would not mind breaking the laws if the ‘law’ is not looking; we are also self centred and self caring…… Any wonders why we have so much corruptions and rotten values here?

We have in fact a lot of similarities as Malaysians, and these similarities should have given us enough ground to be one people , since we are so similar in our driving behaviours , which tell us more about a people than anything else.

Why are we still harping on race, colours, and religions?

Why are we still harping on our differences despite the fact that we are so similar in our psyche as a people?

33 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. clearwater
    Oct 30, 2009 @ 12:12:35

    Dr Hsu,

    I was not sure whether to take your post seriously, or to take it as a rare attempt at satire. Then, I thought, maybe, just maybe, you are serious for you speak truth about many Malaysian drivers for they can be a selfish, uncaring lot behind the wheel.

    Many are 1Drivers, meaning on the road, no one else matters except themselves. If they obey traffic rules, it is not because they observe safety for themselves and other road users, it’s because they fear getting into another accident or getting another traffic ticket. If they think they can get an advantage on the road with a traffic violation and with low risk of a summons, they would do it, notwithstanding their act posing a danger to others. There is no innate respect for rules and regulations. No respect for other road users. It’s #1 all the way. It’s as if no one else matters once you are behind the wheel.

    If you really think Malaysians are by and large 1Drivers, and not just the politicians, and this psyche is shared across the communal divide, then Malaysians do deserve the politicians they have plus the current government of the day. Malaysians deserve to remain in 3rd world limbo for there are few nations with collectively worse road users. Especially in KL and PJ.

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  2. lone ranger
    Oct 30, 2009 @ 12:55:34

    Doc
    You title should be “Malaysians on the Road” lah.

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  3. A true Malaysian
    Oct 30, 2009 @ 13:23:01

    Your observations are so true, but who cares? If we explore the background of the drivers, many of them are professional and highly educated. Many of them living in developed countries for some years, where they abide the traffic rules there, but turn to such behaviour upon setting foot in Malaysian soil. Are these people chameleons or not who change colours with their surroundings?

    The example that you quoted about Singaporean drivers in Malaysian roads is very true. But, the question is the big WHY?

    If we take this into consideration, enforcement is the key to reduce such behaviour, education second. Enforcement of laws are simply not there nowadays because of rampant corruption and attitude problems.

    Malaysia is steadily going down sewage ponds. This is what I fear most.

    RPK is so right to say rakyat need to get rid of police rather than politicians.

    As to the issue of harping on race and religion, we have said more than enough. What else to say?

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  4. Dr Hsu
    Oct 30, 2009 @ 13:36:58

    loner ranger,
    you are right lah.

    But nevermind lah, just let it be lah…Ok lah.

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  5. Patrick
    Oct 30, 2009 @ 14:39:59

    Much agree with you on Malaysian drivers, I would also like to add some too;

    Some who does not know the function of signal lights, expecting others to read their mind.

    Uncertain whether to stop, park, turn left or right and as if on treasure hunt.

    Half blind drivers with headlights on, caring less on oncoming traffic and the vehicle in front.

    Love birds on wheels.

    The scariest being the one who fear that the brake pad manufacturer might go broke, these people basically apply brake on every opportunity they have making you wonder when will they slam their car to a full stop.

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  6. A true Malaysian
    Oct 30, 2009 @ 14:42:02

    Go down sewage pond also never mind lah. Die, die lah.

    Betul atau salah pun tak apa lah.

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  7. Meng
    Oct 30, 2009 @ 14:54:55

    “”Some who does not know the function of signal lights, expecting others to read their mind.””

    Red..stop, Green…Go…Yellow…step on it

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  8. klm
    Oct 30, 2009 @ 15:05:05

    “We actually know what we want to do and where to go. The only thing is that we did not communicate this openly,” Gerakan secretary-general Teng Chang Yeow talking about Gerakan change.

    What is this guy dribbling about? What the hell is this Gerakan quiet change?

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  9. clearwater
    Oct 30, 2009 @ 15:10:42

    Let me share a road rage incident I witnessed last weekend. I was following behind a BMW 5 series on the 2 lane side road adjoining the Damansara-Semantan Link just at vicinity of Pusat Damansara/HELP Institute going towards PJ. This stretch of side road can be quite misleading as it branches up suddenly and the many road signs there can confuse the uninitiated. A Kancil on the right lane heading towards the Bangsar turnoff suddenly veered left across double marked lines into our PJ bound lane, the driver obviously making a last second illegal change of direction. The startled BMW driver made an emergency stop, honked loudly at the Kancil which had also stopped and I thought to myself ‘ Yes, that Kancil driver deserves it. What a bad driver.’

    I was not prepared for what happened next. The BMW went forward, changed lane to let me pass, and as the Kancil came up, the BMW driver with lights flashing, deliberately inserted his car right in its path, causing the Kancil driver to make his own emergency stop. This happened more than once, on a fairly busy road. It looked like a BMW cat toying with a Kancil mouse. Immediately, I lost all sympathy for the BMW bully. Two wrongs do not make a right. The BMW driver was endangering other road users with his personal vendetta.

    Somehow, Malaysian politicians have become like road rage car drivers. While they spar with each other, and try to bring down one another even within their own party or coalition, we the general public pay the costs.

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  10. Patrick
    Oct 30, 2009 @ 15:14:05

    Bro, I talking bout the car indicator/signal light lah not traffic light laaa..

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  11. Patrick
    Oct 30, 2009 @ 15:20:55

    For my “seesuak” true Malaysian Bro,
    You got think of your family or not, don’t waste your parent cost of raising you lah.

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  12. dansku
    Oct 30, 2009 @ 17:00:05

    From an expert expat driver

    Malaysian road rules

    A guide for expatriate drivers in Malaysia

    Since arriving in Malaysia in 1987, several of us have tried on many
    occasions to buy a copy of the Malaysian road rules, but have come to the
    conclusion that no such publication exists (or if it does, it has been out
    of print for years). Therefore after carefully observing the driving habits
    of Malaysian drivers, we believe we have at last worked out the rules of the
    road in Malaysia. For the benefit of other expatriates living in Malaysia,
    and the 50% of local drivers who acquired their driving license without
    taking a driving test, we are pleased to share the knowledge below:

    Q: What is the most important rule of the road in Malaysia?

    A: The most important rule is that you must arrive at your destination ahead
    of the car in front of you. This is the sacrosanct rule of driving in
    Malaysia. All other rules are subservient to this rule.

    Q: What side of the road should you drive on in Malaysia?

    A: 99.7% of cars drive on the left hand side, 0.2% on the right hand side,
    and 0.1% drive in reverse (be on the look out for drivers reversing at high
    speed in the left hand lane of freeways, having just missed their exit).
    Therefore on the basis of ‘majority rules’, it is recommended that you drive
    on the left. However, be aware that only 90% of motorcyclists travel on the
    left hand side – the other 10% ride in the opposite direction or on the
    sidewalk. Fortunately, motorcyclists traveling in reverse are rarely seen.

    Q: What are the white lines on the roads?

    A: These are known as lane markers and were used by the British in the
    colonial days to help them drive straight after consuming their gin and
    tonics. Today their purpose is mainly decorative, although a double white
    line is used to indicate a place that is popular to overtake.

    Q: When can I use the emergency lane?

    A: You can use the emergency lane for any emergency, e.g. you are late for
    work, you left the toaster plugged in at home, you are bursting to go to the
    toilet, you have a toothache or you have just dropped a hot latte in your
    lap. As it is an emergency, you may drive at twice the speed of the other
    cars on the road.

    Q: Do traffic lights have the same meaning as in other countries?

    A: Not quite. Green is the same – that means “Go”, but amber and red are
    different. Amber means “Go like hell” and red means “Stop if there is
    traffic coming in the other direction or if there is a policeman on the
    corner”. Otherwise red means the same as green. Note that for buses, red
    lights do not take effect until five seconds after the light has changed.

    Q: What does the sign “Jalan Sehala” mean?

    A: This means “One Way Street” and indicates a street where the traffic is
    required to travel in one direction. The arrow on the sign indicates the
    preferred direction of the traffic flow, but is not compulsory. If the
    traffic is not flowing in the direction in which you wish to travel, then
    reversing in that direction is the best option.

    Q: What does the sign “Berhenti” mean?

    A: This means “Stop”, and is used to indicate a junction where there is a
    possibility that you may have to stop if you cannot fool the cars on the
    road that you are entering into thinking that you are not going to stop.

    Q: What does the sign “Beri Laluan” mean?

    A: This means “Give Way”, and is used to indicate a junction where the cars
    on the road that you are entering will give way to you provided you avoid
    all eye contact with them and you can fool them into thinking that you have
    not seen them.

    Q: What does the sign “Dilarang Masuk” mean?

    A: This means “No Entry”. However, when used on exit ramps in multi-storey
    car parks, it has an alternative meaning which is: “Short cut to the next
    level up”.

    Q: What does the sign “Pandu Cermat” mean?

    A: This means “Drive Smartly”, and is placed along highways to remind
    drivers that they should never leave more than one car length between them
    and the car in front, irrespective of what speed they are driving. This is
    to ensure that other cars cannot cut in front of you and thus prevent you
    from achieving the primary objective of driving in Malaysia, and that is to
    arrive ahead of the car in front of you. If you can see the rear number
    plate of the car in front of you, then you are not driving close enough.

    Q: What is the speed limit in Malaysia?

    A: The concept of a speed limit is unknown in Malaysia.

    Q: So what are the round signs on the highways with the numbers, 60, 80 and
    110?

    A: This is the amount of the ‘on-the-spot’ fine (in ringgits – the local
    currency) that you have to pay to the police if you are stopped on that
    stretch of the highway. Note that for expatriates or locals driving Mercedes
    or BMWs, the on-the-spot fine is double the amount shown on the sign.

    Q: Where do you pay the ‘on-the-spot’ fine?

    A: As the name suggests, you pay it ‘on-the-spot’ to the policeman who has
    stopped you. You will be asked to place your driving licence on the
    policeman’s notebook that he will hand to you through the window of your
    car. You will note that there is a spot on the cover of the notebook. Neatly
    fold the amount of your fine into four, place the fine on the spot, and then
    cover it with your driving licence so that it cannot be seen. Pass it
    carefully to the policeman. Then, with a David Copperfield movement of his
    hands, he will make your money disappear. It is not necessary to applaud.

    Q: But isn’t this a bribe?

    A: Oh pleeease, go and wash your mouth out. What do you want? A traffic
    ticket? Yes, you can request one of those instead, but it will cost you
    twice the price, forms to fill out, cheques to write, envelopes to mail, and
    then three months later when you are advised that your fine was never
    received, more forms to fill out, a trip to the police station, a trip to
    the bank, a trip back to the police station, and maybe then you will wish
    you had paid ‘on-the-spot’.

    Q: But what if I haven’t broken any road rules?

    A: It is not common practice in Malaysia to stop motorists for breaking road
    rules (because nobody is really sure what they are). The most common reasons
    for being stopped are: (a) the policeman is hungry and would like you to buy
    him lunch; (b) the policeman has run out of petrol and needs some money to
    get back to the station; (c) you look like a generous person who would like
    to make a donation to the police welfare fund; or (d) you are driving an
    expensive car which means you can afford to make a donation to the police
    welfare fund.

    Q: Does my car require a roadworthy certificate before I can drive it in
    Malaysia?

    A: No, roadworthy certificates are not required in Malaysia. However there
    are certain other statutory requirements that must be fulfilled before your
    car can be driven in Malaysia. Firstly, you must ensure that your windscreen
    is at least 50% obscured with English football club decals, golf club
    membership stickers or condo parking permits. Secondly, you must place a
    tissue box (preferably in a white lace cover) on the back shelf of your car
    under the rear window. Thirdly, you must hang as many CDs or plastic
    ornaments from your rear vision mirror as it will support. Finally, you must
    place a Garfield doll with suction caps on one of your windows. Your car
    will then be ready to drive on Malaysian roads.

    Q: What does a single yellow line along the edge of a road mean?

    A: This means parking is permitted.

    Q: What does a double yellow line along the edge of a road mean?

    A: This means double parking is permitted.

    Q: What does a yellow box with a diagonal grid of yellow lines painted on
    the road at a junction mean?

    A: Contrary to the understanding of some local drivers, this does not mean
    that diagonal parking is permitted. It indicates a junction that is
    grid-locked at peak hours.

    Q: Can I use my mobile phone whilst driving in Malaysia?

    A: No problem at all, but it should be noted that if you wish to use the
    rear-vision mirror to put on your lipstick or trim your eyebrows at the same
    time as you are using a mobile phone in the other hand, you should ensure
    that you keep an elbow free to steer the car. Alternatively, you may place a
    toddler on your lap and have the child steer the car whilst you are carrying
    out these other essential tasks.

    Q: Is it necessary to use indicator lights in Malaysia?

    A: These blinking orange lights are commonly used by newly arrived
    expatriate drivers to indicate they are about to change lanes. This provides
    a useful signal to local drivers to close up any gaps to prevent the
    expatriate driver from changing lanes. Therefore it is recommended that
    expatriate drivers adopt the local practice of avoiding all use of indicator
    lights. However, it is sometimes useful to turn on your left hand indicator
    if you want to merge right, because this confuses other drivers enabling you
    to take advantage of an unprotected gap in the traffic.

    Q: Why do some local drivers turn on their left hand indicator and then turn
    right, or turn on their right hand indicator and then turn left?

    A: This is one of the unsolved mysteries of driving in Malaysia.
    Dyslexia????

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  13. wassup
    Oct 30, 2009 @ 18:08:05

    …you are being narrow minded about Malaysian drivers here. It’s the same even in developed countries. Continue to write excellant articles like the one on bridges build centuries ago. Mental block Doc?

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  14. klm
    Oct 30, 2009 @ 19:15:03

    Dr Hsu. Do you think there will be dirty linen in Gerakan’s meeting tomorrow. I just love these dirty bedsheets stories of the political parties.

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  15. Samson
    Oct 31, 2009 @ 02:21:25

    Since its easy to pass a driving exam in M’sia nowadays, or pay someone to do it for you, esp. the Highway code exams, the drivers cannot be faulted if they do not recognise ‘double lines’, ‘no entry’, ‘junctions’, ‘no parking/waiting’, ‘signal lights’, etc. Not sure if people from certain states are prone to ignorance but more offenders are likely to be in their 20s, 30s and early 40s while foreigners from China and Myanmar do not care (try ss2 & Puchong). Oh yes, least I forget, college students who use their parent’s cars who frequently double park near coffee joints and mamak stalls…damages/fines not paid by them so who cares?

    Its people’s ‘tidak apa’ attitude that will be their downfall. No point talking about saving the environment when you don’t even care about how your attitude affects others.

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  16. romerz
    Oct 31, 2009 @ 02:52:35

    Great one dansku and what happened to your sense of humor wassup?

    I learned my driving from overseas when I was a student and from that angle, I see what dansku sees.

    dansku, I do not know if you are going to respond to my request for permission to reproduce your comment in my blog but if I don’t see a reply by tomorrow night, I shall take it as ok unless told to take it down.

    Your comment is too good not to share with others.

    Lighten up wassup. We need these kind of humor with our present woes without nationalistic tendencies?

    On a serious note, isn’t our present woes caused by politics of the “nationalistic” kind?

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  17. proud malaysian driver
    Oct 31, 2009 @ 09:55:47

    I never learn my driving. I just drive. In my days, if you dont stall the car, you pass. I love dansku rules. What rules.

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  18. NineFish
    Oct 31, 2009 @ 12:56:22

    Dr, Hsu:
    Come to Kota Kinabalu, and u’d be surprised that Sabahans DO stop their cars at the ‘Zebra crossing’ to give way to pedestrians

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  19. disgusted
    Oct 31, 2009 @ 21:51:31

    Driving daily is a stress and always be on alert. The fact that unless the media highlights on road rage, the public suddenly sits up but when there is virtually no news, we think road rage don’t happen at all. This is our culture, and the culture of zero enforcement. Double parking, motorcyclists going against red light, it’s happening 24 hours a day. Using handphone while driving, common lah. On Friday, go to Bukit Damansara and you find cars parking even at the round-about…why? Friday prayers lah.

    What Dr mentioned is common occurence, Nobody seems to care. Can’t beat them, join them. Maluri, Cheras, PJ everywhere near shoplots, double parking. Enforcement?

    What enforcement? It’s free parking.

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  20. Dr Hsu
    Oct 31, 2009 @ 23:06:48

    ninefish,
    I will probably do so next year. It is good to know that Sabahans have not been polluted by Peninsular’s driving culture.
    Cheers!

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  21. Dr Hsu
    Oct 31, 2009 @ 23:11:53

    klm,
    we have a closed door meeting this afternoon, and there are plenty of fireworks…That is the beauty of the grassroots of Gerakan and one reason why I am still with the party. The life council meeting this mornng, with some memebrs from UDP days, were even more ‘pedas’.. Our closed door meeting is always very frank and members free to criticise anyone..

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  22. disgusted
    Oct 31, 2009 @ 23:35:45

    Dr

    How come the resolution on quitting BN still around? Gerakan resolution?

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  23. Meng
    Oct 31, 2009 @ 23:40:23

    Malaysian will always complain when:

    Caught for speeding..complain stupid police…their gadget not functioning. ..running within the speed limit.

    Illegal parking..also stupid police..just park for a few minutes to buy something got a fine.

    Beating the traffic lights and got caught..it was still flashing green..the policeman is blind and stupid.

    Knocked the front car…. the front car applied emergency brakes…not my fault…blame the front car..

    Caught for throwing tissue out… did not throw …. wound down the window to get some fresh air and the tissue flew out.. Silly policeman didn’t see..

    Caught talking on handphone…no ! did not use it..scratching the ears…blind policeman.

    Turning left or right without signal and being rammed by the rear car…. immediately turn on the signal light..the rear car is at fault. Stupid rear car driver.

    Caught for any traffic offence..give the policeman $50/- complain to the whole world corrupted policeman…but later laugh hi I saved $250/-

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  24. daffodils
    Nov 01, 2009 @ 09:37:17

    If only the public transport measures up there will be less need of driving your car and less traffic on the road. This will lead to less pollution and also less road rage.

    You drive your car and you get stuck in jams and this causes one to fidget whether one can reach your workplace on time.

    When I was visiting my son in Singapore I have no problems travelling around and visiting places using their MRTs and the feeder buses that takes one to the station even though I have to walk a lot which actually is beneficial.

    Everything about their public transport is so efficient and user friendly. There are boards with maps and bus and train routes; one will not get lost. You will know how to get around.

    The fact that people are flouting rules and regulations show a bankruptcy of values brought about by poor leadership at the helm. How can one pontificate about values when there is loss of integrity in the delivery system, there is absence of sincerity in keeping promises? All these sound so hollow. Talk about leadership by example, it is very important that one practice what one preaches.

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  25. proud malaysian driver
    Nov 01, 2009 @ 10:11:10

    driving tip.
    =======
    If you want to speed, keep it at least 200KM/hr.
    Police radar works only to 160-180 km/hr. Have you notice almost all speeding ticket is for 130 KM/hr or less.

    See. Even speeding favours the rich in this country.

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  26. A true Malaysian
    Nov 01, 2009 @ 10:57:19

    The following link is a must read article,

    http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/index.php/malaysia/41924-rising-religiosity-growing-rigidity

    Harping on, in this case “Islam”, would not bring mankind anywhere.

    Perhaps this is the price, non-Muslims and Muslims need to pay for bringing in Islam into politics. I keep on harping on why these Muslims concerned, adopt what they think fit regarding Islam values, not imposing on fellow Muslims, and at the same time, let non-Muslims think fit what they want to adopt. Very few responses to my harping here, for fear of being accused of anti-Islam, anti-Muslim or anti-Malay?

    My position is that, if we don’t talk, we don’t go anywhere, and such issues will continue to be day-in, day-out affairs. Unproductive affairs.

    Can’t they just keep these to themselves? Sigh !!!

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  27. A true Malaysian
    Nov 01, 2009 @ 11:43:53

    A very inspiring speech of Tok Guru Nik Aziz, Perak Pakatan Rakyat convention,

    Kelantan mentri besar Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat, who was present at the convention to deliver a closing address, urged delegates to accept and adopt the resolutions.

    He said the PR alliance was built not on racial sentiment but on a technique of togetherness, backed by religious values.

    “And Islam does not stop others from practising other religions,” he reminded the delegates.

    He added that a person does not choose the race he or she is born into and such a destiny could not be controlled.

    “When a person leaves the mother’s womb, it is not his choice to be Malay, Indian or Chinese. This is why Malays cannot raise themselves above others,” he said.

    http://www.malaysianinsider.com/index.php/malaysia/42000-perak-pr-convention-passes-10-resolutions-

    The resolutions are:

    1. Cooperation and unity in Pakatan Rakyat must continue to be strengthened in order to topple Umno/Barisan Nasional. Any form of prejudices or negative perceptions between the PR partners must be avoided.

    2. Improve on the principle of collective decision by using the negotiation table as a method to solve problems.

    3. Strengthen and mobilise party organisations by giving serious emphasis to the setting up of PR collaborative councils at all party levels.

    4. Destroy the doctrine of racism right up to the grassroots and improve relationships with the people, government servants, politicians, non-governmental organisations and the Royal Institution.

    5. Fielding candidates of good calibre and integrity as the basis and focus of any victory in state or parliamentary seats contested by the PR. To focus on self-improvement programmes for all party members.

    6. Continue with using the 5K principles as the foundation to work and rule – justice, honesty, integrity, welfare and transparency.

    7. Continue and increase media and information series throughout the state in order to ensure the people receive accurate information and do not have their mindsets ruled by Umno/BN.

    8. Programmes to create togetherness amongst the PR parties must be held as soon as possible to ensure all PR members understand each others’ struggles.

    9. To continue seeking for the help and blessings of Allah whether faced by a crisis or not.

    10. The resolutions committee to push for the PR alliance to be registered as a coalition and be represented by a single logo.

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  28. ball seqeezw
    Nov 01, 2009 @ 20:46:20

    Do you have the “thing” to leave Gerakan?
    klm, what say you?

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  29. klm
    Nov 02, 2009 @ 09:16:57

    Dr Hsu, The new Gerakan tag line given by Najib is :

    Gerakan has THAT THING. The unmentionable THING.
    🙂🙂🙂

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  30. klm
    Nov 02, 2009 @ 10:01:41

    Say it too early. This caught my eye.

    (The Star) – Gerakan Youth chief Lim Si Pin has lashed out at his central committee members for failing to turn up in full force for its national delegates conference.
    Only 406 youth delegates, or 38.5%, were present and this was the worst turnout in the 22 years since the wing was formed.
    ========
    Looks like many in Gerakan dont have the Thing anymore. Their hearts are not there. This is clear sign of decline.

    Gerakan should do what Badawi did. When UMNO members did not turn for one of his function, he hired the taxi drivers.🙂🙂🙂

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  31. disgusted
    Nov 02, 2009 @ 13:02:53

    KIm, numbers attendance can indicate the hearts but…..like the Most Chaotic Association, an example, turnout at 89% or 90%….very good. But afternoon session more than one-third missing, empty chairs…i.e. shopping, Genting???

    Compared to U-Must_Not-Object, still 90% in the late evening sitting and participating….

    So, normal lah

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  32. Atila
    Nov 03, 2009 @ 04:45:02

    A True Malaysian

    Islam means the way of Life.
    Islam is not for Malays only.
    Islam is global, when you go to Mecca for Haj & Umra one can witness variety of race from
    all over the world congregate in Mecca.

    What we have in Malaysia is Islam UMNO.
    Sigh!!

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  33. Atila
    Nov 03, 2009 @ 04:52:00

    A True Malaysian,

    Yes this is true, its is mentioned in the Al-Quran
    1,430 years ago long before science discovered how women got pregnant.

    Theres Ayat in Quran talks of the female
    egg, male sperm, fertilization, sex of baby, cell
    divisions, until birth of a baby.

    All of us r Creations of Allah, including Dr. Hsu, you & me.

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