I AM perturbed to read in StarMetro that Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) plans to remove the small roundabout in Jalan 222 and replace it with traffic lights.
Personally, I am used to the “system” at this roundabout and to me, it demonstrates a classic give-and-take attitude which is quite alien to Malaysian drivers elsewhere generally.
The common perception is that Malaysian drivers loathe to give way, and to be able to get ahead of one or two cars in a traffic snarl would make their day.
But at this smallest roundabout in Petaling Jaya, there seems to be a better understanding among drivers and courtesy usually rules, so we do not hear of major disputes arising from people fighting over right of way.
It goes to show that even little things can bring out the best in us.
I hope MBPJ will reconsider its decision.
Why preserve and treasure the biggest, tallest and widest, and ignore the smallest even when it has served its purpose usefully and for so long?
JOHN Y.C. TOH