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LAST_UPDATETue, 02 Sep 2014 12pm

Road Bullying: Steering Lock Woman Have Been Identified.

Road rage 2Road rage 2This is the story that has been making rounds, confronting another driver in what appears to a minor accident caused by the latter (as surmised from the incident recorded ">here.) 

 

She has since sought for apology for her behaviour through her twitter account, again, which she disputes as she was not the author of the message as reported here.

Sadly, in the online social media networking, which means rapid fire reach to the outside world, the incident actually made many of us bow in shame; especially when one considers that this happened right in this country known for its “sopan santun, budi Bahasa” culture.

We see a lady, in what appears to be in a more thuggish behaviour, armed with steering wheel lock, threatening another old senior citizen for an accident which is quite minor that can be quickly settled with a police report, trip to the auto workshop and a claim to the related insurance. You can go on to twitter and check out this hashtag for what appears to be unkind comments targeted at the woman: #CDM25.

And since it is too premature, as no police report has been filed, we can only suggest that you check the online social media networks that clearly defined who she is and where she is attached to professionally as we can surmise from this link above.

You can see her own self-righteousness got her into defensive mode putting the poor older person, the opponent, in a highly speechless demeanour making us think that have Malaysians reached to the point where materialism and power, not spirit of neighbourhood and community love, that will prevail as we desperately claw our way top to a fully developed nation, targeted in, what, six years time?

The online community (yes, similar to the same people of yesteryears who storm into villages with weapons and torches, are now armed with, well, keyboards) seemed to be quite united condemning this woman’s act. Unfortunately, as expected, when emotional temperature gets high, some words that can be termed as offensive get immersed in the heated response.

One major comment came from Robin Sim (according to the Twitter account) who claims to be the older person’s son, who noted (mind the language), to quote verbatim, “To the driver of CDM 25, the white colour Peugeot 208, tht was my father u bullied...I am going to share this video with d whole f****** world to show wat a f****** b**** u can be even though your religion forbids it..” And it goes on talking about the dastardly deed being committed during the holy month of Ramadhan.

Some posted a photoshopped picture of the lady, with her pet name teasing her on her look and, of course, the weapon of her threat, the dreaded steering lock (which is supposed to be for the car’s safety purpose, no?).

One comment noted that (and this might border on racism and religious sentiment), “To owner #CDM25, you're painting a bad image towards Malaysian hijabis and Muslims and mlay right now in front of a Chinese”.

But one of the hard hitting notes was simple and did not contribute to the personal attack. It simply said: “Just watched that #CDM25 video. Sigh...that lady's a disgrace to all Malaysians.”

This is a clear evidence that road rage is no longer a shameful trait often attributed to male species of the driving type alone. It has since crossed over, as this particular paragraph from a psychology site proves.

“What used to be a largely male problem has crossed gender lines. Women may not get into roadside fistfights or point guns at each other like men, but they can drive just as aggressively, rudely, and even dangerously. It’s the rare time when male and female aggression is on display in near-equal amounts. For many men, aggression is supposed to be overt; for women it is more covert. But put them both behind the wheel, late for something, angry about something else, and in no mood for courtesy, and their behaviours will compare,” the site said.

In fact, things may go a trifle overboard with the viral posting of the event, and her personal information that she may need to protect herself and in addition to the police report on the accident, she may need to seek the cops for her own protection. And this is no thanks to own behaviour in the public that many may deem as shameful (and shield their young one’s eyes when confronting one).

Here are some quite devastating comments from Twitter:

“#CDM25 is Malaysia’s no. 1 trend today. Shows our mentality. Making a big deal out of a small issue. How would cursing help her?”

“Uncle please report her being a road bully n get her arrested. She destroyed ur property n threatened u which is legally chargeable”

“Moral of the story is. Even awak pakai lambo sekalipun. Respect others. Steering lock is not a weapon”.

For those readers outside of Malaysia not familiar with the Malay language, the last comment roughly translates “Moral of the story is: Even if you drive a Lamborghini, respect the others. Steering lock is not a weapon”.

The last line hits the forehead like a nail as far as advice is concerned (though some still feel that steering lock can double as defensive weapon...only when you are attacked, that is) And not only her, all drivers thinking that they are above the law should be afraid thanks to the online social media backlash that put this lady in shame. Though she apologised, it may be a bit too late. Be very afraid, the entire world is watching!

- mD