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Saturday, 12 August 2017 | MYT 12:00 AM

Rules and laws must be enforced

I OFTEN ask myself what is the purpose of having laws, rules and regulations if they are not enforced by the authorities concerned.

To what am I referring? Well, let’s start with traffic laws. Motorists flout the law day in, day out at traffic junctions, and on the road in general.

For example, at the traffic light junction near Western Digital in Petaling Jaya, motorcyclists just dash across despite the red light.

Under the Damansara-Puchong Expressway flyover where there is a U-turn to go to SS3, instead of getting onto the left lane, drivers stay put on the right to push their way through, causing a backlog in traffic. Their reason for doing this is to avoid the queue of vehicles waiting for the light to change on the left lane.

Every time I see this, which is daily, I ask myself where the traffic police officers are. I believe the only way to get motorists to obey the law and stop being inconsiderate to other road users is enforcement. No amount of “education” seems to be effective.

Yes, we have the option of lodging reports on motorists who flout the traffic laws via aduantrafic@jpj.gov.my. But if we do not have other people in the car with us, how are we supposed to capture these motorists in the act of breaking the law? After all, it is against the law to be holding our phone while driving.

Moving on, there’s the Control of Tobacco Product (Amendment) Regulations 2017, which bans smoking in public parks. It came into effect on Feb 2 but who is responsible for enforcing this?

I visit a number of parks in Petaling Jaya in the evening (5pm to 6pm) and see people sitting in groups or alone happily puffing on their cigarettes.

Besides the smokers, I also see groups of people drinking alcohol in the park.

These parks are meant to be used for healthy activities like walking and as playgrounds for children. Who do we call when we want to report on inconsiderate people flouting the law on usage of public facilities?

So, again, why bother making rules and regulations if there is no enforcement?

SHAL THARUMALINGAM

Petaling Jaya