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Inconsiderate Drivers Of Cars WLC 5702 And WNY 8347

January 5th, 2009 - Monday

There are people who have eyes but refuse to use it to see. There are people who have ears but refuse to use it to listen. There are also people who have brains but refuse to use it to think. I crossed path with one such person yesterday. No, make that three. Here is what happened.

Jusco Taman Maluri Shopping Centre allocated a parking space wide enough to park two cars for disabled people just outside the entrance to the supermarket. The parking space is painted blue. Two signboards with the wheelchair logo were prominently placed there as well.

Inconsiderate driver of car WLC 5702 stealing parking space for disabled people at Jusco Taman Maluri Shopping Centre
Is the signboard with the wheelchair logo not obvious enough to the driver and passenger of WLC 5702?

I was waiting for Wuan at one of the parking spaces. The other was occupied by a white Kancil. A middle aged couple who had no apparent disability got into the car and drove off. As soon as the Kancil went off, another car backed into the space. The plump lady driver got out. The passenger was a middle aged man. The following conversation took place after I wound the window down to confront the driver.

Me: Excuse me, are you disabled?

Driver: No.

She was taken aback by my question.

Me: This parking space is for disabled people. The ground is painted in a different colour.

I pointed to the ground.

Me: There are signboards too.

I pointed to the signboard on the passenger side of the car. She looked confused by then.

Me: If you park here then disabled people have no place else to park.

Driver: Just a short while only.

Me: Everybody says it is for a while. If you park here then where are disabled people supposed to park. These are the only places wide enough for us to get out.

She looked more confused but still defiant. Her companion waved to her and said something that was intelligible to me. She immediately locked the car and walked off. And that is how lady driver of Kia Spectra WLC 5702 became the first inductee into The Digital Awakening’s Hall of Shame.

Inconsiderate driver of car WLC 5702 and WNY 8347 stealing parking space for disabled people at Jusco Taman Maluri Shopping Centre
Drivers WLC 5702 and WNY 8347 abusing parking spaces for disabled people at Jusco Taman Maluri.

When Wuan came back, I got her to take a photograph of the offending car while I backed our car out. While Wuan was snapping away, a white Kenari drove into the space vacated by me. The driver and his entire family were all non-disabled people. It had been a long day for us and I just did not have the strength left educate ignorant people on the importance of not abusing accessible parking spaces. We went off just after Wuan got the photographs that I wanted.

While I am at it, let me rant just a little more. A few months ago at the same shopping centre, I wanted to park at the same parking space. The two signboards blocked the way. Wuan got out of the car to remove the signboards. A guard came out and shouted rudely at Wuan and told her to go park somewhere else without bothering to check if there was any disabled person in the car or if there was sticker with the wheelchair logo on the windscreen.

Wuan got annoyed and shouted back at him and pointed to the wheelchair sticker on the car windscreen. The rude guard even got the nerve to tell her that she could at least told him in a polite way. He then walked away, leaving Wuan to move the two heavy signsboards by herself. That was very unlike the courteous security personnel that I have come to expect from Jusco.

It is also ridiculous for Jusco to place heavy signboards to block the parking spaces. How is a disabled driver supposed to park there? Not all disabled people travel with a companion who can get out of the car to move the signboards. In trying to prevent non-disabled people from parking their cars there, which obviously is unsuccessful, the action is also preventing disabled people from using the facility.

It is ironic that people who are genuinely disabled are not able to use parking in spaces reserved for them while non-disabled people continue to abuse such facilities with impunity. These are inconsiderate Malaysians for you. They are not the majority but they make life difficult for disabled people who are already facing so many problems with public transport and the built environment.


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12 Responses to “Inconsiderate Drivers Of Cars WLC 5702 And WNY 8347”

  1. nicktay says:

    I am glad somebody is putting them to shame :)

    Peter:
    This is the only way to expose them when telling them nicely does not work.

  2. frostier says:

    Soon, there will be plenty of blogs starting to post the car plates. Malaysians, pathetic speaking will be amongst the many having high hit rates of car plates being posted. This is because we have failed. Our education system failed.

    Peter:
    These are middle-aged people we are talking about. They should be around my age. I remember being taught in school to give up my seat in the bus for senior citizens and pregnant women. That was exactly what I did every time whenever such a situation arises. People nowadays just do not care anymore as long as it is convenient for them. Even the government is not bothered to legislate and enforce this parking rule. In my opinion, this is the failure of the government in not protecting the rights of disabled people.

  3. eelynn says:

    malaysians will never learn. 4th world (if there is even such a state) mentality. pity pity.

    i encountered another kind of “abuse of facilities/ kindness” on the train recently. someone offered an old lady carrying things a seat on the packed train, then the person in the next seat also got up. immediately that old lady took her things onto the next empty seat & pretended to sleep, leaving so many other people to stand in the packed train.

    i was so pissed, i took a photo of her & sent it to the star. it got published today :D… but i didn’t win RM50. at the very least i hope i created some awareness. whoever’s mother/ grandmother that is, i hope you wallow in shame.

    Peter:
    It is a shame that people abuse such acts of kindness. People will think twice before giving up their seats the next time.

  4. Cyn says:

    Shame on them!

    Peter:
    If only they know what shame is.

  5. kamikaze says:

    There are too many inconsiderate people in Malaysia

    Peter:
    This is not unique to Malaysia only. In the UK, they tow away cars for parking illegally in such such spaces. We need similar laws to deter these inconsiderate people.

  6. JoMel says:

    Grampa, me thinks you should send this to the Star!! SHAME them kau-kau!

    Peter:
    JoMel jie jie, seems like many are in favour of sending the photo to The Star. :)

  7. Bryan says:

    Their cars should get towed away from the parking lot and clamped!

    I’m sure there are countless visitors park at disabled parking lot everyday, so on top of educating the visitors it will be a nice income stream to Jusco if they issue fines.

    Peter:
    If only Jusco take up your suggestion. Most of they time, the guards just turn a blind eye to there offenders.

  8. Bryan says:

    Talking about incompetent guards, Gurney Plaza have a few too. They only know how to waive hand to the already congested long queue instead of control the traffic. I guess poor management could be the cause too.

  9. vincenthue says:

    My grandfather was a disabled too and I know how you feel. That’s why I call these inconsiderate people retards. They probably have something wrong with their brains. That is why I will never park in a disabled space even if I have to circle the carpark a few times.

    Peter:
    If everyone is like you, disabled people like me will not be ranting so much. :D

  10. Ciana says:

    Good job, Peter, of shaming them publicly. :) These people will never learn…. but that Spectra looks familiar. Might resemble my neighbor’s vehicle. I agree with Vincent… because you’d never know when your relative might be disabled.

    Peter:
    …or the offenders themselves may become disabled. Then they will have a taste of their own medicine.

  11. twenty-six says:

    you know what bro?we should hire those ah long to ‘simbah cat merah’ to all those people that simply park at parking for disable…

    i once put a note saying “bodoh punya orang’ at one vehicle that park at disable ppl parking place in front of my office..and that vehicle own by pejabat kesihatan negeri selangor….

    shame to us malaysians..

    Peter:
    These people are not worth getting arrested for but I like your style in leaving a caustic note. :D