Behind the scenes: The crew filming the two crash ‘victims’ on the Federal Highway for the short film ‘Who Cares: The Truth About Malaysian Drivers’ (inset).
PETALING JAYA: Many Malaysians would rather take pictures of an accident than help the victims – an insensitive behaviour that has been caught on film by director and producer Jason Lim.
His four-minute video, Who Cares: The Truth About Malaysian Drivers, recorded how people reacted to an accident which was staged along the Federal Highway.
The video started with a father and his daughter riding on a motorcycle and “accidentally” hitting a road divider after trying to avoid a moving car.
“The most shocking part is that most drivers stopped their vehicles not to help the victims, who were covered with ‘blood’, but to take pictures using their phones,” he told The Star.
“People just came to look and stare at them. As the traffic was building up, some were snapping pictures from inside their cars.”
Lim said the ambulance had trouble reaching the accident spot as drivers were using the emergency lane.
The two “victims” are stunt people, their spilt “blood” was red ink, and the ambulance is owned by Lim’s friends. The filming was done with the cooperation of the police.
The 28-year-old film maker said he wanted to “make an impact on the public on the insensitiveness of Malaysian drivers ... show them how we react to this type of situation”.
“I do not think that education is enough. Sometimes we need to shock them,” he added.
Lim’s other short films concerning such issues include lack of common courtesy towards the Down syndrome community and animal abuse.
His latest effort will be launched on April 28 at E.0.1 & E.1.2 Plaza Damas, Jalan Sri Hartamas 1, Taman Sri Hartamas. And people can watch the video online on that day.
For further information, visit www.facebook.com/JasonLimProductions