Saturday, July 14, 2007

Disturbing 'pictures' in my mind

Eugene and I were travelling on the KL-Seremban highway, on the way home from the city centre last night at 11pm and got caught in a traffic jam. It was a Friday night so the heavy traffic was expected with people still out and about and also returning home southwards to places like Seremban, Melaka and Johor for the weekend.

The jam triggered some thoughts:

Why is there still a jam when the recently-launched Smart Tunnel on that stretch was supposed to ease traffic flow?

Then came some detours due to road works. Why work on the roads on well-known peak-hour Friday night?

Why has the government spent billions to build a light rail transit system and reform other types of public transportation, and yet people still prefer to drive?

While stuck in the jam, a series of police outriders and escort cars whizzed by with sirens and lights to get us to move aside for one heavily-tinted VIP car to zoom past.

Why should anyone, even a VIP like a minister for e.g., be given the 'royal' treatment in such instances? In order to understand the plight of their citizens and voters, shouldn't they get themselves down to their level to know what their people experience in order to help them better?

And why the heavily-tinted windows on their cars? The degree of the tint is definitely beyond the permitted range set by the government's road transport department. Eugene recently bought a used car and has yet to get possssion of it because it did not pass the road transport deparment's inspection. Its window tints were apparently too dark and the previous owner has now got to strip them off before handing it over to Eugene. Why such double standards?

I have lived in Kuala Lumpur since 1992 and nothing much has changed in such experiences of mine.

There are of course other issues that bug us like the income tax system. Upon reaching home last night, I received a letter from the income tax department requesting payment of over some RM900 of additional taxes for income earned in 2004. It's now 2007...On top of that I had just paid an additional RM3000 plus early this year....

Then there's stuff like human rights and freedom of religion, for e.g. here
and here.

So what's wrong with these pictures?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Guess that's Malaysia.
At the moment just have to bear with it and with consistent public participation in practicing public rights on the government, hopefully things will get better. But must never let the role of public democracy to die a slow death in Malaysia. Let your voice be heard.