AN EXPERIMENT was carried out by StarMetro to see the difficulties faced by an ambulance driver and an Alam Fora garbage truck driver when carrying out their work.
It proved to be an exasperating and frustrating experience as both were unable to get to their destinations fast due to “a minority of people” who obstructed their efforts.
In Bangsar at noon on a weekday, it proved to be a intensely infuriating experience for a Puteri Malaysia Private Ambulance service driver who wished to be identified as Wan.
Wan’s journey was hampered by illegally set-up stalls, structures as well as double- and tripled-parked vehicles all over the township.
At one point in Jalan Bangsar Baru 6, the entire road was blocked by cars whose owners were there to grab a quick lunch. Wan had to reverse and take another route. Along Lorong Maarof, near Wisma UOA, he was stuck for 15 minutes because of illegal stalls that were set up along both sides of the road.
Thankfully it was not an emergency, but Wan said he had been in similar situations before and it was something that was prevalent all over the city.
It was 10am in Bukit Bintang, and what should have been a simple 15-minute task took more than an hour for Alam Flora rubbish collectors to collect garbage from a backlane in Lorong Sultan Sulaiman.
The simple job was pushed back by an hour as the crew from the waste company were delayed by tables, chairs, stalls and other forms of obstructions.
StarMetro observed how in some areas, car owners had left their number on the windscreen as they went for breakfast in nearby stalls.
Alam Flora crew, who were oblivious to our prying eyes, were seen dialling the numbers left on the car to get the owners to remove their vehicles.
And soon, one by one the car owners were seen, rushing to remove their cars.
By the time everyone had removed their cars, 40 minutes had gone by.
The frustration of the Alam Flora truck driver was etched on his face as he drove off, shaking his head.