Around The Globe: Malaysian drivers and traffic intersections

It's time to drop the me-first mentality
by Patrick Everett Tadeo | Dec 22, 2012

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We're sure you've noticed the horrid traffic that has engulfed our streets recently, which we can surely attribute to the Christmas-shopping frenzy. You've also probably noticed that this horrendous rush has caused some vehicles to clog intersections in the belief that they have every right to be there simply because they entered it when the traffic light was green. So when the light turns red, these vehicles end up blocking the lane that's perpendicular to theirs.

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Unfortunately, for some of our drivers, this has become the norm rather than the exception, which is why during our recent trip to Malaysia to witness the rollout ceremony of the locally made Subaru XV, we were amazed that the drivers of our ASEAN neighbor didn't enter the road junction once they saw that the road ahead was full and couldn't accommodate any more vehicles. So, as you can see in the above photo, which was taken from the tour bus on our way back to the hotel after the rollout ceremony, instead of hindering the flow of the traffic from the perpendicular lane, they choose to stop before the road junction and only cross it when they see that there's enough room to accommodate them.

If you did that in the Philippines, you'd hear the incessant blaring of horns from the vehicles behind you, coupled with some choice expletives directed at your mother. But when you think about it, wouldn't the flow of traffic be smoother if we simply gave way instead of letting our "me first" mentality get the best of us?

So, with the end of the world not happening as the Mayans had suggested, shouldn't we take this as a sign that perhaps we should change some things for the common good? Like giving way on the road. Sure, you might have sacrificed a few minutes of your time, but you did it to save some time for many other motorists and commuters.

Photo by Patrick Everett Tadeo

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