Malaysiakini YOURSAY | Outriders do nothing but inflate politicians’ egos


YOURSAY | Outriders do nothing but inflate politicians’ egos


Published:  May 11, 2022 8:18 AM

Updated: 8:18 AM

YOURSAY | ‘Unless these VIPs resolve traffic woes, they should suffer like the rest of us.’

Get rid of police outriders for ministers, deputies – Steven Sim

PurpleRabbit4068: I believe many road users have experienced these outsiders behaving like the roads are all theirs by intimidating other road users to give way to them.

They pressure road users to give way to them quickly as they travel at a very high speed. We feel so belittled by these outsiders whenever they appear. We pay their salaries and the VIPs in the black-tinted cars, but we need to step aside for them to pass.

I cannot agree more with Bukit Mertajam MP Steven Sim – unless these ministers resolve the long-standing traffic woes, they should be like any other citizen and face the traffic jams.

In this case, Baling MP Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim’s son was not even entitled to such privilege and this clearly is an abuse of power. This is how the taxpayers’ money is being used and wasted.

Vijay47: A single act that reveals two obnoxious streaks that course through the veins of a coarse nouveau riche family.

The first is the sheer “cheap-skateness” that the son of the father would actually demand a police escort. Humility is lost in this lost family.

The father, in his son’s defence, may claim that the vehicle stopped by the outrider was not an ambulance, a privilege available for the moment only to prime ministers.

Secondly, the son appears not satisfied with his father’s providential riches, he seems compelled to display the fact to all and sundry. No decently brought-up person would stoop to such low antics.

The only small consolation, if at all it be that, is that the police have issued a strong statement of their views on the matter and what they intend to do about it. But then again, haven’t we heard that song before?

Perhaps darling son was rushing to a delayed celebration of the father’s equally providential escape from proceedings.

MerdekaMerdekaMerdeka: Malaysia likes the safety of its prime minister to be on par with that of the US president.

An attack (let alone, an assassination) on the US president has global impact on financial markets, trade, politics, etc. And down that same road are other world leaders needing to be protected.

However, besides bleeding the coffers of national funds and unnecessary utilisation of government resources, our local outrider services only serve one purpose – to inflate our politicians’ egos, which are already bursting at the seams.

There are no other earth-stopping reasons to continue this wanton waste of taxpayers’ money.

Maya: Indeed, this is a blatant abuse of power. It is nothing less than arrogance – from the way ambulances are stopped to the kids of ministers having joy rides with police outriders leading them.

Day by day we are seeing the rotten system being abused to the core by the powers “elected” to do so.

Now, we even have full ministers who lost the election leading important ministries. One such is the Education Ministry (Mohd Radzi Md Jidin).

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