25 Ways To Spot A Malaysian Driver Anywhere In The World
1. We don't really know what to do at a zebra crossing
If there are people waiting next to a zebra crossing, doest that mean they're waiting for us to drive through or do we have to stop and give way?
2. Amber means "WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?"
3. We honk at pedestrians so you know, they can get out of the way
4. We can multi-task in the car
5. We're totally capable of buckling up while driving
6. We drop our phones onto our laps when we spot a police vehicle in the rearview mirror
7. We prefer not to use our signal light when cutting into your lane because people back home tend to lunge forward if you indicate
8. We don't believe in speed limits. I mean, really. Who drives at 40km/h?
It's not like there aren't any speed limits back home, it's just that we like 'bending' the rules. The Road Transport Act of Malaysia states that a driver who exceeds a speed limit "shall be guilty of an offence and shall on conviction be liable to a fine not exceeding one thousand ringgit" but most Malaysian drivers take advantage of the lack of reenforcement on speed limits at no-camera zones.
9. BUT we do this thing where we slow down under a bridge or next to some bushes because you never know where a cop may be hiding...
10. ... And if there is a cop, count on us to flash our headlights like a stroboscope to alert everyone else
11. REVERSE PARK ALL THE WAY, YO!
12. We hang plastic bags of stuff behind our seats
13. And over our door locks too
14. We shield our car from the sun with the hottest products in the market
15. Our windows are covered up...
16. ...And our arms are not forgotten.
17. We are attracted to yellow boxes
18. We use the emergency lane :(
19. We never really know if our rear passengers need to buckle up
Malaysians never really know if the seat belt ruling still applies because people seem to get away with it. If you're wondering, since 1 January 2009, the use of seatbelt by rear passengers had been made compulsory by the Motor Vehicles Rules (Seatbelt) (2008 Amendment) in Malaysia. According to The Road Transport Department, JPJ, the passenger is at fault if they do not buckle up:
20. We must U-turn at all cost
If there isn't a U-turn sign, it means we can U-turn right? Wrong...