AN MCA Youth leader has urged Transport Minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook to investigate and take stern action against a minister whose luxury multipurpose vehicle had allegedly tailgated an ambulance to beat a traffic jam.
MCA Youth national deputy chairman Mike Chong Yew Chuan was referring to an incident on Feb 3 where a vehicle emblazoned with the word “Menteri” reportedly tailgated an ambulance in an apparent attempt to bypass the congestion caused by an accident on the North-South Expressway between Simpang Pulai and Tapah in Perak.
“This includes disclosing the identity of the minister involved and even suspending the driving licenses of the minister and the driver in order to demonstrate the Malaysia Madani unity government’s commitment to upholding the rule of law and protecting the government’s image,” Chong said in a statement on Tuesday (Feb 6).
“The act of a ministerial vehicle tailgating an ambulance not only sets a very bad example but it also involves dangerous driving and disregards the safety of other road users.
“As Transport Minister Anthony Loke must take this matter seriously and take stern action to show his determination to uphold traffic safety and the safety of road users.”
Chong said this incident is directly related to road safety issues and if the Transport Minister does not take a stand or take the necessary action, it would allude to the perception that the Transport Minister and the entire Cabinet are condoning reckless and dangerous driving behaviours.
“If the Transport Ministry (MOT) adopts an indifferent approach, what moral high ground does the unity government have in the future to call on the people to drive carefully or to enforce traffic rules?” Chong questioned.
“Details of the ministerial vehicle in question, including the license plate number, have been posted online by netizens, and therefore it should be easy for MOT to obtain the relevant information about the ministerial vehicle, including confirming the identity of the minister and the driver.” – Feb 6, 2024
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