THE letter “Why some motorists break the law” by Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye (Views, The Star, Jan 24; online at bit.ly/star_motorists) refers. I would like to relate my experience which might expose the root of the problem.
It was only recently that I was made to understand how powerful the word pau (bribe) is. I was at a driving centre where there was a long queue of candidates waiting to take the driving test handled by the authority concerned. A conversation caught my attention: “Did you pau? If you didn’t, you will fail for sure. I got my agent pau for me, confirmed pass already.” I later learnt that candidates with agents who pau got through the test easily while those without agents or had agents that didn’t pau failed, even though they thought they had not made any mistakes.