Although it is an unspoken rule that ambulances and emergency services should be prioritised and given way for on the road, in Malaysia, it seems that there are more “important” people that we should make way for.
VIP convoys have long been a cause of debate, especially as many people think that they should not be given the authority to make others make way for them.
In a Twitter post shared by user @FannnF, he detailed his recent experience in dealing with such convoys.
He writes, “This VIP convoy tried to damage my car because I was not going to the left lane.”
He also stated that one of the escorts had even hit his side mirror. “I don’t know whether it’s the police or body guard who hit my side mirror.”
“The traffic was dangerous and they told me to change lanes last minute and expect us to just go to the left lane which could cause me to hit another car.”
He went on to tag PDRM and questioned them on what VIP trip is that important that it could danger other highway users.
The incident happened on the Elite Highway near to the Bandar Saujana Putra exit.
Netizens shared their similar experiences
The post has amassed plenty of attention and currently sits on over 9,800 likes and 9,600 shares. Plenty of Malaysians took to the comments section to criticise this act.
Some even shared their own experiences of being in the same situation.
One user commented, “Exactly the same happened to me!”
“I wanted to switch lanes but couldn’t as there was another car. A bodyguard who was in a black Alphard hit my side mirror. There’s even his finger prints on it.”
Another commented, “Just the other day, I experienced the same thing. The one that knocked my car was the third escort police.”
“I experienced the same thing even though I couldn’t move to the left lane. Suddenly, an escort of these types of VIP convoys knocked on my father’s car. Luckily I didn’t panic,” said another.
Plenty of users expressed their support to ban police escorts completely. “VIPs need to experience the challenges of the rakyat.”
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