Saturday, 3 August 2013

Evolusi KL Drift

In the final week before Hari Raya, most of the office seem serene, an environment that is usually unimaginable. The court staff seem a lot friendlier, and the giddy feeling of Hari Raya being around the corner is highly contagious.

At this point, everyone seems to be walking like soulless but happy zombies with only one thing in mind – home, This mass exodus of city folk to their respective hometowns is a "ritual" during every festive season.

I personally think driving on the road brings a lot of pressure especially festive season. The need to arrive in a hurry clouds one's rationality and judgment. As a result, people drive dangerously, risking not only their own lives but also their loved ones as well as others traveling on the road.
Patience is indeed a virtue that needs to be observed when driving. On the part of Muslims, having gone through the madrasah of Ramadan, one would think that patience is concretely instilled within the hearts of all Muslims. Yet, when sitting in the driver's seat, more often than not, this is not the case.

It is interesting to note that most foreign tourists have often commented that Malaysians are courteous, polite, pleasant and affable people. Strangely, though, these characteristics seem to evaporate once a Malaysian gets behind the wheel.

Attitude plays an important role in determining how we drive. As such, the values that we hold would be the major driving factor behind our attitude on the road.Islam enjoins its believers to hold dearly to good and positive values such as patience, being considerate, respect for others and vigilance. As stated earlier, Ramadan is regarded as a madrasah to inculcate good and positive values within a Muslim's character.

It is undoubtedly ironic that despite the lessons learn in Ramadan, especially with regard to virtues such as patience, caring and respect, there are still many who drive dangerously, resulting in many traffic accidents during the balik kampung season.

No doubt accidents do happen, but drivers could take extra care to ensure that the journey home is safe and smooth.It is recommended that drivers can change their attitude on the road so that they do not harm anyone. If Malaysian drivers do not change their bad habits, and continue their old attitudes, there will be a rise in fatal accidents, despite all the efforts done by all. Forever think that your vehicle as something that is unsafe and should be driven carefully and with accountability. By this approach, you can facilitate to reduce misfortune or not turn out to be the reason of one.

It is timely perhaps, with the coming of the first day of Syawal, that motorists resolve to have the right attitude.
Note: "Pandu Cermat, Jiwa Selamat. Ingatlah orang tersayang"

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