The Middle Finger


I have a confession to make. I am not the safest driver out there. In fact, calling my driving reckless would be something of an understatement. I hereby list the sins of the road that I am guilty of:

– Speeding
– Tailgating people who are “slow” e.g. driving in accordance with the speed limit
– DUI (Driving Under the Influence)
– DWI (Driving While Intoxicated)
– Cutting people off
– Using the emergency lane
– Running red lights
– Using the horn and middle finger liberally


Hell, I once nearly got into a fight for the last one. I would have definitely had the crap kicked out of me considering there are three guys in the car but after a heated exchange we parted somewhat amicably. I don’t want to go all Hong Kong bus uncle and it wouldn’t have been pretty (for me) if they were obliged to violence since in the frame of mind I was in, I was all too willing to indulge them.

I’m sure a lot of us here in KL are under a lot of stress from work and often we take it out on the road. I am not proud of it but once I chased this MPV that cut me off on the LDP and swerved right in front of him to make him stop to get out of his car.

back damage

I don’t know what I was thinking coz I was in serious road rage mode but when I got out of the car, I realized it wasn’t just a man – it was an ENTIRE family, grandmother and kids et al. The man apologized and said he didn’t see me and that made me feel really bad. I was in his blind spot and I overreacted and I took my stress out on him.

I have tendency of drinking and driving as well, which is Really Bad (TM). I used to have a statement tee that goes “If I don’t drink and drive, how the fuck am I going to get home?” but there have been a lot of incidents that has given me pause.

My car has gone through so many accidents I couldn’t keep count. In fact, I totally wrecked my previous car in Kuching. I also ran down a pedestrian while running a red light on a zebra crossing which took me ages to settle while I was in Kuching. I’m so embarrassed of that incident I always tell people it’s a person (being vague) while in actual fact..

tires busted

…it was an old woman crossing a low cost flat while buying groceries. I did not see her and the pedestrian crossing usually is empty so I didn’t stop. The bones in her right arm were all broken so they had to install steel rods. I still feel guilty about that incident.

Well, I guess that’s the trick isn’t it? What if it was your grandmother I ran down? Won’t you hate me and want me to burn in hell for all eternity?

towing needed

My sister recently gave birth to my niece and I went down to New Zealand to visit them. It was eye-opening, the way she took care of her baby. She’s super safe, it takes her 15 minutes to setup the car for the baby to go in.

my neice

I don’t have to wonder how I’LL feel if my niece got hurt just coz a speeding drunk driver rammed into my sister’s car. I’ll take it REAL PERSONAL.

We flaunt road rules when we drive – whether it’s due to bad attitudes or plain carelessness but take a moment and think about others. I drink and drive and sometimes forget how I even got home and it scares me sometimes…what if I ran someone over? Someone’s wife? Someone’s child? Someone’s niece?

Malaysians are known to be rude on the roads but it doesn’t have to be that way. MUFORS (Malaysians Unite For Road Safety) is a big advocate of road safety and it’s a community project aimed at changing the mindsets of people about road safety. I’ve pledged mine.

MUFORS is also running a contest for students of institutions of higher learning (which means all you college and university people out there). It’s called MUFORS Road Reels and it’s a short film competition where you can speak out and capture your opinions Malaysian drivers (either negative or positive).


The MUFORS Road Reels contest aims to educate people that safety on the roads is up to the attitude of each and every driver (that means YOU too). It enables you to make the roads of Malaysia a safer place and change the mindset of drivers to reduce road accidents and deaths.


There are prizes up to RM 10,000 in each of the three categories and the closing date is 30th October 2010. You can find out more about this awesome initiative and contest at the MUFORS website.

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78 thoughts on “The Middle Finger”

  1. You are the man, drinking and driving. Middle fingering fellow road users, I salute you.
    But sometimes people really rub us the wrong way. Why does the MPV have to cut us off? Blind spot, then do shoulder check lah, lazy cunt. Then he deserved to be beaten up right in front of the family, Ah Ma included. That should teach him a lesson.
    Aya, always keep a screw driver in the driver side pocket. Always come in handy when you need to pick a fight in the middle of a busy road.

  2. rocket: Heh! I have…erm, actually done that before and it’s not a good feeling after that.
    I’m driving safer coz all my suspension and tyres are a bit messed up from the Fraser’s trip. I’m actually quite a safe driver (laugh all you want) coz I anticipate stuff on the roads but not when I’m DUI. πŸ˜‰
    DUI has cost me a lot in vehicle repairs, definately will have to drive safer now. πŸ™‚

  3. i loved this entry! didn’t matter that it was an advertorial – it was so raw and honest. the accident with the old lady was heartbreaking but i’m sure you did your best to fix things right πŸ™‚

  4. It was an advertorial, and a contest. Those two things drive HB crazy. But I don’t think he or nuffnang got paid for this one and he didn’t enter the contest. And the post was raw and honest. Even made me kinda dislike you for a bit HB. I love it when you show your gross side. (The shit post, the IV drug posts, the suicide posts, etc.) Not that I like to see you down as a person, I just wish I had the balls to make posts like this about my life. Esp. considering you have GIVEN your URL to your bosses before (at least that is what you said here).
    This post is a happy medium between stuff HB likes to post and stuff I like to read.
    Hail to the King Baby!

  5. aud: Thanks Aud! T_T
    It’s not something I tell everyone, it’s the first time I’ve said it publicly. I usually just say “person”. πŸ™
    Yeah, all is good with them now. πŸ™‚
    Shirley Snow: Thanks Shirley! I will. πŸ™‚
    Mike: Thanks Mike! Yeah, it’s an advertorial but I like to add my personal stories to it, some of the things that should go into FINE but I decide to put it here instead coz it reminded me of that incident.
    Yeah, alas, I’m only human and I’ve made a lot of mistakes before and trying to fix all of them right now.
    Thanks bro, appreciate the kind comments! πŸ™‚
    KY: The contest is only open to students in institute of higher learnings. πŸ™‚
    Unfortunately, I graduated in 2003.

  6. But it’s so lame with such campaigns, just like tak nak campaign, did that work? no.
    So lets try the opposite. “Pedestrian are such a pest. Drive Faster.” That’s catchy.
    Or “Deliver tofu in your dad’s old Toyota is cool”.

  7. You’re going to get someone else killed one day.
    That is a sure thing.
    For your own sake and that of others, you should pray you die in a glory death before you take anyone with you.
    So how about it ? Go in glory first.
    I will be waiting.
    The Jackal from Hades

  8. Jesus Fookin’ Fries! IF I were your car,I probably drive myself off a cliff and die,with or without you in it! Bro,your Vios wins the Most Abused Car Of The Year award..hands fcuking down laa! Having said that,I’m no angel myself,especially the DWI and DUI bit and the road rage thingy,bare handed 1 against 2 very unreasonable dude. I think their wives or gfs had trouble recognizing ’em the day after. And this was just one of ’em incidences. Sorry bout boasting,bro. Just need to get it off my chest. Aah,today looks like a good day to race up there to ‘huat ah’! ;D

  9. One of the most important lessons I learned from this wretched existence is never to judge others. Those mortals whom we deem evil,beyond redemption and destined for the eternal inferno might still, one fine day,become philanthropists and good samaritans. never know.. πŸ˜‰

  10. rocket: Well, I don’t have hard stats but it does make me think about driving safer. πŸ™‚
    balqiz: Thanks mate! πŸ™‚
    I appreciate the kind comments. πŸ™‚
    anubis: Well, I sure hope not. πŸ™‚
    nogumshield: Yeah, that’s the thing with people like us. Too much stress, we kinda take it out on others. It’s not a good thing. πŸ™
    Amen to that last one, I totally agree with you.
    Judge not, lest ye be judges yourself. I’m practising that bit too.
    Cheers buddy! πŸ™‚
    anon: No it’s not a joke…it’s a piece of history from my past.
    Give a dog a bad name and hang him much? πŸ˜‰
    A good quote would be “Hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye and you’ll be able to see well enough to take the speck out of your brother’s eye”.
    Tolerance, my friend, for mistakes made in the past. πŸ™‚

  11. Vicky: Indeed! Better be safe than sorry! πŸ™‚
    rocket: Haha! That’s totally against what this is all about. πŸ™‚
    Eh no cross promotions. :p

  12. Kudos for your straight up writing style! I think we need to applaud HB for his brutal honesty as a person and for his A++ guts. Let’s admit it, we all have our skeletons in our closet but would we have guts to write it out in the open and take responsibility for it and be honest with ourselves? HB, you are stellar and an awesome gentleman A+++ all the way, keep it up.

  13. julstride: Thanks mate! Appreciate the kind comments. Yeah, we all do have things we’ve done that we’re not proud of in the past.
    Cheers buddy, I’ll continue doing that. πŸ™‚

  14. Having recently been to KL and experienced driving on the roads, the first thought that came to mine was absolute KAOS! People driving like mainiacs and not observing basic road rules was common place. But despite that, I didn’t see (many) accidents. One of the worse examples I saw was unrestrained children in cars and using the emergency break down lane for over taking. Both very dangerous practices. Speeding was also common place as well.
    On the plus side though, many (some) people were driving quite well, using common sense and courtesy which was pleasing.
    Coming back to KL in September πŸ™‚

  15. Jeff: Yeah, that’s why they cam up with this campaign. To encourage safer driving.
    Alright, see you again in September! πŸ™‚
    rocket: Heh! I actually have this delusion of winning 30 million or something like that so I can retire. πŸ˜‰

  16. I nearly got into an accident just now – two accidents within 10 meters in SPRINT heading towards KL.
    First one was a car in the fast lane hitting a bike. I saw him and braked in time but a tailgating Wira forced me to let go of the brakes or he’ll hit me.
    Luckily he managed to stop in time. I was centimeters from the car in the front and he was a bare milimeter behind me.
    Second accident was some Myvi hitting the barrier.
    Careful when it’s raining and for fuck’s sake move your cars out of the fast lane when you get into an accident!

  17. i think rocket is starving for attention. looks like he wishes he was huai bin and is desperately trying hard to pull off a “cocky, devil may care, deranged” attitude.

  18. Only rich dudes get accidents cause they have all the money in the world to pay the victims, the court, the repairs etc. etc. New Zealand is d place for the rich and real rich Malaysians. So many rich Sibu folks go to there, study there, buy properties there etc. etc.

  19. Aud: Absolutely, HB is like my alter ego, he is doing everything that I never got to do and I can do with some attention too, ha ha

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