Stressed out by long queues at roadblocks

I AM writing on behalf of many suffering Malaysians who have to endure the inconvenience of being stuck in long traffic queues when going to work and returning home due to roadblocks mounted by the police.

After exiting the Lunas toll booth (Butterworth-Kulim Expressway), vehicles from five lanes are forced to converge on a single lane to pass the roadblock there. Hence, it is utter chaos as drivers try to manoeuvre their vehicles into one lane. There will be one, or sometimes, two policemen on duty at that lane. Initially, three lanes were open, with one for lorries and two for cars. Now, it is usually just one, hence those of us going to work in the morning will have to go through this frustrating jam caused purely by the authorities’ lack of empathy and care for the hardworking citizens of this country.

While those who are going to work are stuck in a chaotic queue, they can see police personnel lounging in their tents set up near the roadblock.

The situation is no better on the Penang Bridge. Motorists travelling on the Plus Highway from Seberang Jaya, Prai and Butterworth are always caught in traffic jams at different times when trying to enter the bridge because of roadblocks. Motorists can be caught in a 1km crawl for over an hour to pass through the roadblocks. Sometimes the queue can be as long as 3km. Again, we can see police personnel in the tents near the roadblock.

Coming back to the mainland via the Lim Chong Eu highway is another nightmare. Imagine trying to deal with unsympathetic police personnel manning the roadblocks after a hard day at the workplace.

Why are they doing this? Why don’t they care? Can’t they see the long queues and take immediate action by opening up more lanes?

If they suspect that a motorist has something to hide, they will take a long time to scrutinise that person’s papers. Why can’t they just pull over the motorist concerned and get another officer to do the questioning?

I feel they need to show more care and respect for people who need to go to work or shopping for essentials. I feel we are being hassled by uncaring civil servants every time I go through a long traffic crawl and encounter these police personnel at roadblocks.

Others have brought up this problem in the media before, but it looks like they don’t care. This is not right. Malaysians are already stressed out by the difficulties and challenges brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic. There is no need to add to their burden.


Seberang Jaya

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