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Enough with the road rage already

Written by: Victor Charlie | 17 Jul 2017 08:00
A videograb showing both men with another individual allegedly involved in the road rage incident
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17 Jul 2017 08:00
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Malaysians never learn do they.  Especially when it comes to cases involving 'road rage'.

The recent case involving a Sikh man whose unsavoury encounter with a Malay man dressed in a grey-coloured t-shirt was video recorded and shared vigorously among netizens, many of which had condemned the former for his intimidating and provocative actions. 

Worst still, another video which sees the same individual hassling and forcing a lady driver to stop before alighting from his now famous white-coloured Toyota Fortuner to snap pictures of the other vehicle before speeding off.

These videos as well as the unnecessary provocative and racially charged comments has more or less tarnished the individual's reputation on the road.

It is learnt that the 27-year-old has since come forward to explain his side of the story. For the recent video, he claimed that he wanted to leave the scene as things threatened to escalate and turn ugly.

He also claimed that he had accidentally hit the other vehicle as he was to leave the scene. But not without hurling the usual Malaysian profanities and an added "middle finger" for good measure.

On the other video, the same man claimed that he was attempting to stop the other vehicle after the woman driving it had allegedly rear ended his car. It is learnt that he also claimed to have lodge police reports on both incidents.

All said and done, I believe both parties are to be blamed for this instance on the first video. Both men should have calmed down first before deciding to pull their vehicles to the roadside to allow traffic to continue smoothly.

The grey t-shirt man should not be kicking the other person's vehicle as he leaves given that he has taken car number plate details already.

Certainly I am not buying the accidental rear end collision of the other vehicle by the Sikh individual too. It was clear that the actions of both men were down to their rage.

The saying ‘two wrongs do not make a right’ must be applied here.

Despite many instances of road bullying incidences in the past, it baffles me to think that such instances continue to trend almost on a weekly basis.

Why can't there be some civility among us Malaysians whenever such minor or non-life threatening accidents occur ? It has become a point for some drivers to keep certain items such as the steering lock or baseball bat close to their reach should such instances occur.

Admittedly I even contemplated getting a baseball bat, not just to defend myself but to be intimidating as well. But the thought of a bitter and regretful aftermath held me at some point.

Remember the case of the "Kiki outburst" in 2014. Siti Fairrah Ashykin Kamaruddin, better known as Kiki was eventually fined RM5,000 and ordered to do 240 hours of community work for hammering a senior citizen's vehicle with a steering lock.

Heavy price to pay for indeed for a minor accident.

I understand the frustration of our country's road users. For those at the Klang Valley, especially the crawling traffic which begins at the break of dawn, down to lunch time and the rush hour back can certainly take a mental and physical toll on anyone.

At the same time, if only all of us understand what the other must be going through in that context, wouldn't it be more easier to settle the dispute in a peaceful and decent manner ?

A simple "so sorry" or "are you okay ?" gesture from the beginning could easily diffuse tension during the potentially heated moment. 

However, if both parties are unable to resolve it, then please take it to the police station for a better resolution.

That said, I also believe that this instances would not be the last one would hear of road rage instances.

As such I suggest that authorities such as the police and the judiciary to take a consistently tough stance in fining such "road bullies" for disturbing the public peace.

Hopefully, it would serve as a deterrent to others from committing similar acts in the future.   

Both the first and second video can be viewed below:

 

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