Yesterday, 7 May, it was announced that motorists are allowed to have their rear windshields and passenger windows tinted as dark as fully black
"After many discussions and meetings, we have decided that private car owners would now be able to decide the tint level for their vehicles as now there is no limitation," Transport Minister Anthony Loke said.
Previously, it had to allow 30% visible light through, according to New Straits Times.
Bukit Aman traffic police chief Azisman Alias has since revealed that "police were never called to discuss the new rules"
"I'm surprised. At the very least, they should have discussed it (with us) and take into consideration our views," he told Harian Metro.
Azisman argued that darker windows make it difficult for officers to see drivers, passengers, and objects in vehicles during inspections, or to detect traffic offences such as mobile phone use while driving and failure to wear seat belts.
Many netizens agreed that the option to fully tint windows could potentially make it easier to commit certain crimes and get away with it
Meanwhile, some Malaysians expressed concern that heavily tinted rear windshields would cause visibility issues for the driver of the car as well as other drivers
"Not being able to see oncoming cars while reversing is really dangerous, yet now it is being legalised?" one netizen wrote, according to The Star.
"It kind of defeats the purpose of a third brake light. You won't be able to see it on the cars in front of you," another comment read.
Several social media users pointed out that the new ruling could also endanger the safety of children, as it would be difficult to spot those who have been kidnapped or left alone in a car
However, some netizens were pleased to hear the news that they can opt to tint their screens and windows darker
Front windshields and front side windows still retain their limitations. Find out more about the regulations here: