Seeing how strict the Singaporean government is with their rigid regulations, you would think that our neighbours would be a bit more careful in other countries as well. But that’s not really the case here in Malaysia. According to our federal traffic police, Singaporeans topped the list of foreigners who broke Malaysia’s traffic laws in the past seven years!
Bukit Aman Traffic Enforcement and Investigations Department Chief Datuk Mahamad Akhir Darus reportedly said up to 3,423 Singaporean drivers were blacklisted between 2010 and 2016, while a staggering 184,014 summonses issued in the same period have still not been paid. This makes up 67% of the total summonses and 64% of the total blacklisted drivers.
Brunei comes in second with 63,696 unpaid summonses and 509 blacklisted drivers; while Thailand has 22,334 unpaid summonses and 1,116 blacklisted drivers, according to New Straits Times. Next in the list is Indonesia, contributing the fourth highest number of traffic offenders with 2,880 unpaid summonses and 36 blacklisted.
"Foreign drivers always alleged that police are collecting money for the government to give out 1Malaysia People's Aid (BR1M). We are not a revenue collection agency. Our mandate is to enforce and educate road users whose disregard for traffic rules can cause deaths and accidents," said Akhir Darus.