Friday, August 25, 2006
posted by PabloPabla at 3:01 pm

It rained heavily yesterday evening. If you had read my previous post, the answer to your question would be "Yes, I washed my car yesterday morning". It looks like all the Government need to do is to pay me the car wash fees instead of spending thousands (of millions) on cloud-seeding fees.

Traffic was really bad yesterday. As predicted, whenever there is a heavy downpour accompanied by "kiling kolong piling palang" sounds from the sky, there will be flash floods here in Kuala Lumpur, the city of the Petronas Twin Towers. I think most KLites are quite immune to flash floods already. It has become quite a norm rather than a rarity in a city which boasts the (used to be) tallest buildings in the world, tallest flagpole in the world (is it still the tallest?) and other forgettable number ones in the world.

It is no wonder that traffic comes to a standstill at some areas in the city whenever there is a heavy downpour and it gets worst when there are flash floods. My wife took 1 1/2 hours to get to my parent's place when the usual journey time can be as short as 15 minutes on a Sunday morning.

Authorities have blamed flash floods on "freakish weather". Spend a couple of billion ringgit to create tunnels and flyovers and such. That should do the trick.

But I really suspect, mother nature is not all to blame. These motorists are also to be blamed.

I don't care if I block you as long as I cross the junction first.

Do you notice that these drivers who stop in yellow boxes usually pretend not to see you or the motorists which they are blocking? They just gaze ahead at the long queue of vehicles in front of them as if it is the first time they saw the existence of the long queue. Perhaps they are practising some magic gaze to move the vehicles away.

The authorities should just erase the yellow boxes. Nobody follows the rule that you are not supposed to stop or cause an obstruction in a yellow box. That goes for the zebra crossings as well. We don't recognise them maybe because zebras did not originate from this country. Stripes on roads do not make any sense or purpose.

Or perhaps, we should blame the police for not enforcing the rules. Who's to be blamed?

Welcome to Malaysia where the blame game rules!



At 2:28 pm, Anonymous AC

LOL on the magic gaze... yes I agree with you. This is what you get when you have drivers who (may have) paid money to pass their driving tests.

Some things I strongly dislike:

1) When you use signal indicator to notify drivers in the next lane you want to change lanes, they will quickly accelerate so you can't change lane in front of them. I have got to the point where I don't bother and just signal a split second before I change lane.

2) Bigger cars thinking they have the right of way over others. For example, Mercedes > Honda, Honda > Proton, Proton > Kancil...

3) White Halogen headlights

4) Initial-D / Fast and Furious wannabes turning roads into race tracks. Oh, also those who put aquarium / fluorescent lights under their car to try to look cool.

5) Ever try to visit car park in shopping malls on weekends? All kind of "first world mentality" behaviour.

6) Drivers going the wrong way on a 1 way street and have the nerve to act like you are in the wrong.

7) On highways cars will tailgate you at 120, 130 kph because they cannot wait the extra few seconds for you to finish overtaking that speeding bus / lorry.

8) Suddenly so 'concerned' and 'caring' whenever there are accidents they have to slow down and stare (and take photos)

9) People opening their car doors too wide after they park their car beside yours, and leaving a small vertical dent on your car.

10) Everyone else who bought a Proton Wira special edition (what's so special about it now? You see 1 of these every 100m)

Blood pressure rising... I better stop at 10 items.


At 11:18 am, Blogger PabloPabla

ac : That's a very good list there! I agree with them. And may I also add "Turning on the hazard lights whilst driving".


At 11:07 am, Blogger d.