Strangely enough a day after writing about Corruption in Malaysia, I got stopped by a ‘roadblock’ on MRR2 at about 1.30am.
It didn’t look particularly official and I don’t think they even had a speedtrap set-up, they were just fishing for bribes.
I thought this when I pulled up, but it was soon confirmed..
The first guy came to me…looked at my white face and walked of summoning his colleague (in BM of course) “Eh come here la, I don’t know what to say”.
Then another guy came over, then finally the more senior guy came up. Luckily I wasn’t going particularly fast anyway.
Eventually he managed to ask me how fast I was going…it was something like this..
Him: “Your licence?”
Me: (Passes him license)
Him: “International license?”
Him: “You from where?”
Me: “Bandar Sri Damansara”
Him: “You er….”
Him: “You how?”
Him: “You er…how ah?”
Him: “You how long?”
Me: “Huh? Do you mean how fast was I going?”
Him: “Yah yah, how fast?”
Me: “Around 85-90km/h”
Him: “Speed here, 80km/h on bridge 60km/h”
Me: “Ok fine.”
Him: (Leaning into car) “So you want summon?”
Me: “Yeah sure, give me a summon”
Him: (Looking puzzled) “Er ok…”
Then he ciaoed, got on his bike and rode off.
I waited a while whilst another few officers inspected me, my car, my license and hung around, asked me some more stuff – mostly the same questions again. Where am I from, where am I going, how fast was I going, had I been drinking etc..
One even breathalyzed me.
And eventually said I can go, ‘last warning’.
They obviously were doing something they weren’t supposed to be doing and were just fishing for bribes.
So in the end I drove off without paying anything, why? Because I’d done nothing wrong.
Everyone else around me was paying their hard earned 50 bucks for no reason, other than to support corruption. When you pay the bribe you can’t be sure if they were really going to summon you or not.
Accept when you do wrong and pay via the proper channels, don’t let them push you around 🙂