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Help..Need the "Malaysia Highway code" in english

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Postby eur0 » Mon Jul 30, 2007 6:57 am

hi all
Can anyone tell me where i can get a copy of the "Highway Code" / "Rules of the Road" in english (if it exists)?

Many thanks..
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Postby Shardy » Mon Jul 30, 2007 10:15 am

As far as I can tell the Malaysian highway code is "every man/women for themself".

Also included:-

Never use 1 lane if you can straddle two lanes.

Never use the "slow" lane - even if you are going very SLOWLY...

Box junctions should be driven into even if the traffic light is just changing to red so you can block everyone coming the other way.

Any body else like to add?
:lol:

P.S. Sorry I don't know if there is a real Malaysian highway code or if its published in English.
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Postby Gwilo » Mon Jul 30, 2007 10:46 am

Shardy wrote:
Any body else like to add?
:lol:



Never and I do mean never ever indicate.

Always drive in the lane that’s moving, regardless of the fact that the junction you wish to use is fast approaching and you are way over in the right lane, just cut straight across three lanes of traffic and always remember the first statement.

You may use any lane to overtake including the emergency lane.

Always put your hazard warning lights on when it’s raining but never switch on your headlights.

When traffic lights turn red you have at least five seconds before the other light turns green so just go for it.

Never and I do mean never move out of the way of an ambulance but (even if it means crashing into another car) do whatever is necessary to get out of the way of a vip’s motorcade, even if there is nowhere to go.

When approaching a toll plaza try to overtake as many cars as possible and then get as close as possible to the toll booth before cutting right in front of a poor unsuspecting motorist, who, after all, isn’t in a rush like you are.

If there is a (Malaysian) highway code I doubt one single driver has ever read it :wink:
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Postby Grumman TBF Avenger » Mon Jul 30, 2007 11:01 am

Malaysian drivers are still alot better than many other countries. I think sometimes we over-react when we talk about malaysian drivers. The small silly things they do are pale in comparison to trying to drive in delhi or in some middle eastern countries.

A half decent highway system, tolls up the arse at every corner, poor signages in wrong locations to differentiate each highway, quick response time of the highway rescue team, drivers who like to drive slow on the fast lanes, drivers who like to drive slow on the middle lane and cars speeding on the farthest slow lane.

Its also not uncommon for the signal lights not to be used when overtaking or turning at a junction.

Always be aware of whats going on around you and pre-plan your route. That will save you alot of time, hassles, stress and possibly a call to your insurance agent to claim for damages.

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Postby another_former_member » Mon Jul 30, 2007 11:04 am

Section 3 also includes some interesting snippets:

3.1. (Pedestrians)
a) One point for each pedestrian you hit;
b) Two points if the pedestrian isn't even in the road;
c) Five points if the pedestrian is using a zebra crossing;
d) Datuk title will be awarded to driver with most points each year
3.2. (Motorbikes)
a) Do not overtake to the right of a car - only on the left;
b) When a car indicates left and slows to turn, continue at your former speed and pass on the left;
c) Push to the front of a queue at a traffic light and then make a really slow start when the lights change;
d) As with cars, do not indicate in any circumstances - it can trigger epilepsy;
e) Helmets are generally optional, but are strictly forbidden whilst driving to Friday prayers, visiting the Pasar Malam or driving in a Kampong area
3.3. (Parking)
a) Car-parks are forbidden by most religions, you must park illegally on the street even if there is a car-park just meters away;
b) If you encounter double-parking carefully position your vehicle to start a third line of cars, leaving just enough room for a Kancil with its wing-mirrors tucked in;
c) If you encounter triple-parking and it is a Friday afternoon, just put on your handbrake and park in the middle of the road;
d) If you see a traffic policeman approaching your parking area, do not worry, it will take hours for him to reach your car due to all the other illegally parked vehicles in-between;
3.4. (Fines)
a) If you are given a fine / summons, do not worry, wait for a mega-sale or just ask nicely and get a discount;
b) If you don't feel like paying and you happen to be a public figure, just don't bother, they will never chase you up seriously;
c) Expect to be asked to pay a fine to the issuer of the fine directly, with substantial discount and without a receipt.
3.5. (Entering or Leaving a Highway)
a) Upon approaching a highway using a sliproad, do not turn your head to the right as it would show acknowledgement of your enemy;
b) No matter how much traffic there is on the highway, when you reach it, you must keep moving forwards until one of the cars already on the highway has to let you in to avoid hitting you;
c) Do not indicate your intention to join the highway, it may cause epilepsy;
d) If you encounter a car indicating, do not yield and instead close all gaps, help to stop the spread of thoughtful and friendly driving;
e) When leaving a highway, or any other major road, slow down to the speed you imagine you will need sometime later on your new road, forcing all traffic to brake or swirve to avoid you - do not turn and then brake;
f) Should you wish to leave the highway to the left and you are in the right-most lane, do not worry - wait until the last second, and then turn sharply into the exit - all other traffic will avoid you, don't worry.
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Postby Gwilo » Mon Jul 30, 2007 11:40 am

bravo270 wrote:Malaysian drivers are still alot better than many other countries. I think sometimes we over-react when we talk about malaysian drivers.


Give me a break :lol: Apart from the fact that the majority can't even drive properly they have absolutely NO comprehension of courtesy neither do they have one single thought about other road users.

A-n-t-i-c-i-p-a-t-i-o-n does this word translate into Malay, any of the Chinese dialects, Tamil or Arabic? Because I was always taught to anticipate other drivers movements and or needs on the road.

/The average Malaysian driver has absolutely no comprehension of other road users, the only thing they are interested in is where THEY are going.
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Postby another_former_member » Mon Jul 30, 2007 11:47 am

Gwilo wrote:/The average Malaysian driver has absolutely no comprehension of other road users, the only thing they are interested in is where THEY are going.

Gwilo, you must be fair, you can't apply your foreign Western values - as the government likes to remind us all - here we have Asian values - designed and defined to excuse whatever shoddy behaviour is taking place.

Here's my theory: When the British occupied Malaysia and oppressed the local population, the British forced the locals to follow Western rules on the highway. Safe driving was a tool used to break the spirit of the people. It can hardly be a shock that, 50 years on, the people still hold a grudge against these foreign ideas.
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Postby Gwilo » Mon Jul 30, 2007 11:54 am

vincevincevince wrote:
Here's my theory: When the British occupied Malaysia and oppressed the local population, the British forced the locals to follow Western rules on the highway. Safe driving was a tool used to break the spirit of the people. It can hardly be a shock that, 50 years on, the people still hold a grudge against these foreign ideas.


:lol: :lol: :lol: Being a Brit I've been blamed for nearly everything that's wrong in Malaysia. So, adding appalling driving standards to the list was 'almost' inevitable I suppose :wink:
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Postby Grumman TBF Avenger » Mon Jul 30, 2007 12:40 pm

Gwilo wrote:
bravo270 wrote:Malaysian drivers are still alot better than many other countries. I think sometimes we over-react when we talk about malaysian drivers.


Give me a break :lol: Apart from the fact that the majority can't even drive properly they have absolutely NO comprehension of courtesy neither do they have one single thought about other road users.
A-n-t-i-c-i-p-a-t-i-o-n does this word translate into Malay, any of the Chinese dialects, Tamil or Arabic? Because I was always taught to anticipate other drivers movements and or needs on the road.

/The average Malaysian driver has absolutely no comprehension of other road users, the only thing they are interested in is where THEY are going.



I blame this squarely on the poor standards of the driving schools and the fact the JPJ (road enforcement) and Police dont have the manpower to enforce road violations as there simply are not enough patrol cars as well.

But yes, you are very correct. The driving etiqute in Malaysia is poor.

I go get pissed every single bloody day in Kinabalu where I live because THE SAME shite happens every single time; there is a driving school pretty close to my home and every morning, they will be driving on the fast lane at 50km/h and nobody can overtake them because the slow lane ALSO has another learner driver and instructor..and then they block everyone from passing them because they take forever to change lanes..

Its pathetic. :shock:
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Postby Gwilo » Mon Jul 30, 2007 1:05 pm

bravo270 wrote:
I go get pissed every single bloody day in Kinabalu


You know that 'pissed' means drunk right...

/It's the ONLY way to drive in Malaysia :lol: :lol: :lol:
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