Selangor Man Reminds Public To Not Drink And Drive With Banners Strung On His Car
The rise of fatal accidents caused by drink-driving over the past few weeks led one citizen to take matters into his own hands
After seeing the outrage that emerged in response to recent drink-driving accidents in Malaysia, Mohammad Azhar Osman decided to take a more positive approach to tackling the issue.
Azhar, who refers to himself as Mr J, uploaded a video to his Facebook page where he talks viewers through his plan to encourage others not to drink and drive.
In the video, he points out two banners written in Bahasa Malaysia and English, hanging on the two rear doors of his car.
They read, "Please don't drink and drive for a prosperous Malaysia."
Mr J's Facebook video was seen by over 2,700 people, and has been well received both online and offline
In an interview with Malay Mail, Mr J said, "For the past three days I've been doing this, everyone, Malay, Chinese, or Indian, have welcomed the messages positively."
As he drove around streets in Klang, Kuala Lumpur, Petaling Jaya, and Subang Jaya to spread his message, many people showed their support by honking or giving a thumbs-up as he passed by.
In a follow-up post, Mr J shared his appreciation for those who recognised him in real life and stopped him for a photo.
Mr J advised viewers to refrain from blaming a single race for drunk driving accidents
In earlier Facebook post Mr J told viewers, "Let's not fault an entire race for the actions of individuals."
Seeing many angry, non-constructive comments online, he continued, "We need each other."
"Use your voice to advise and remind your friends who drink to refrain from driving and find an alternative way home."
Mr J told Malay Mail, "I live in a multi-cultural community in Klang and I can't imagine losing the peace we have because of something like this. So I'm just trying to do what I can to prevent this situation from escalating and making Malaysians fight amongst themselves."