Blind Moronic Drivers

We stopped the car and waited. First, the driver of the other car alighted. He did not seem to walk with a limp. We waited for the passenger. She did not look crippled either. We, the occupants of the two cars, stared at each other for what seemed like a long time. I pressed the button to wind down the window and pointed to the driver that the parking lot was reserved for the disabled. The signboards and the disabled logos painted on the wall stated the obvious. He said that the other cars were also parked there. I do not know if the other cars parked there had disabled drivers or ferried disabled passengers but I told him pointedly that I am disabled.

He grudgingly moved his car and stopped a short distance away, allowing Peter to drive into the space that he had occupied. When he saw my wheelchair being taken out from the car boot, he drove away. These are the people who will never think twice about parking in space reserved for the disabled. These people have absolutely no conscience. As long as it is convenient for them, it does not matter that the physically challenged are having a hard time because of their inconsiderate actions. They possess this herd mentality that if other people are doing it, they are entitled to do it also without thinking about the consequences.

If you are one of those drivers who often occupy parking spaces reserved for the disabled without a second thought, think again. Most normal parking lots are not spacious enough to fit a wheelchair for the disabled driver or passenger to alight and board. We are not asking for anything more than a little convenience. We are not asking for sympathies and we certainly are not asking for more than what we rightfully deserve. We are just asking that you are thoughtful to our plight. You can park your car in the many other lots available. We only have a handful reserved for us.

To the drivers of the two cars featured here, if you are not physically challenged, then I can safely assume that you are intellectually and visually impaired, meaning you are morons or blind, or both. Either way, you both do not deserve the driving licenses that were issued to you. The signs posted by the Management of the Kompleks Bukit Jambul clearly stated that the designated space is reserved exclusively for the disabled only. The four logos of the disabled painted on the wall are unmistakably visible. If you can prove that you are physically challenged, please send me an email and I will remove the respective images. Otherwise, they remain to show the world what inconsiderate humans you both are. So, which are you?

Author: Peter Tan

Peter Gabriel Tan. Penangite residing in the Klang Valley. Blissfully married to Wuan. A LaSallian through and through. Slave to three cats. Wheelchair user since 1984. End-stage renal disease since 2017. Principal Facilitator at Peter Tan Training specialising in Disability Equality Training. Former columnist of Breaking Barriers with The Borneo Post. This blog chronicles my life, thoughts and opinions. Connect with me on Twitter and Facebook.

12 thoughts on “Blind Moronic Drivers”

  1. I am absolutely horrified. The same thing also happens in Midvalley here in KL. Sometimes I wonder what goes on in their heads. Are Malaysians this inconsiderate?

  2. Sad to say, we are. Unless laws are enacted to make it an offence for everybody else other than the disabled to park in those designated areas, this will continue to happen.

  3. We should have a website just to post pictures of these people. It’ll be great to give them the kind of publicity they deserve.

  4. This is terrible, Peter. I see the same blatant disregard when boarding the LRT – people sitting on the seats reserved for the elderly, younger ones and pregnant ladies. It’s how we are brought up that influences our actions. If our current crop of adults are a bunch of selfish ingrates, think what their children are going to be like.

  5. i’m sorry to read about that. it’s the same on the LRT too, where all the macho (konon) fellas are suddenly blind to the sight of someone who needs the seat more than they do.

    maybe you could send the pics to Cars, Bikes and Trucks (i think) of NST. it does involve vehicles and inconsideration, after all.

  6. James,
    That is an invitation to be beaten up. They guy I mentioned in this entry looked mighty pissed when I requested that he remove his car from the designated space. I will just stick to posting images of their vehicles. 😀

    That is not all. We see inconsiderate people jumping queue and fighting for taxis with pregnant women. Common courtesy has gone down the drain, although I do meet very helpful people sometimes who would go out of their way to help.

    These people are not only visually blind, but blind in the heart as well.

  7. grrr!! i really get mad when reading about such idiot inconsiderate jerks! if they are very abled and park at a lot for disabled, how i wish the ground would open up and swallow them to hell!!

  8. With you around, I would not want to be an able-bodied getting caught parking in a disabled lot. 😀

  9. Terry,
    You remind me of my second maternal aunty. She gambles on almost all the numbers that she comes across – vehicles, bus tickets, receipts.

  10. Good one putting the pics of their cars on ur blog ! That should gardner some much need bad publicity for these well deserving assholes. Your move strangely reminds me of the Guns and Roses song : Get in the ring 🙂

  11. Sometimes, it is easier to look for a parking space elsewhere than to go through the hassle of reprimanding these people. It is the responsiblity of the shopping complexes concerned to ensure that these designated lots are not deliberately misused. Enforcement by these parties are sorely lacking. What is the use of reserving space for the disabled when the notices put up are continuously ignored and the space undeservedly taken up?

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