September 23, 2013

give way


Give way to royalty, VIPs, road users told
GEORGE TOWN (Sept 22, 2013): A Cabinet minister has urged road users to give way to outriders escorting royalty or VIPs, as doing so was part of Malaysian culture.

Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism Minister Datuk Hasan Malek said this was because those being escorted had official duties to carry out and needed to get to their destination in time.

“I have received complaints that when our Rulers pass, road users just don’t give way.

“We must put a stop to this, showing respect to our leaders is part of our culture,” he said in a press conference today.

Although noting that road users only needed to give way to ambulances and fire engines by law, Hasan reiterated that giving way to outriders should be part of the local culture.

What pisses me off, is what this Datuk Hasan was trying to imply – that whatever the ‘VIP’ or ‘royalty’ officially does, is always more important that what we commoners do. Even if it’s just a round of golf at a country club. Ergo, it can only be right that we give way to them, so that they can get to their destination in time [sic] – we’re all not important.

In my book, that’s called blatant discrimination. You want me to give way? Be in an ambulance.

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