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Tea with AK71: Bribing Malaysian cop.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

I just read that "A Singaporean man has been sentenced to a day’s jail and fined S$4,300 (RM$10,000) for attempting to bribe a Malaysian traffic policeman with S$21 (RM$50)."

I remember how almost 10 years ago, I exceeded the speed limit on the North South Highway by some 20km/hr and was caught in a speed trap.  The police officer smiled at me and told me I was speeding.  He asked for my driver's license and I gave it to him.  He did not proceed to issue me with a speeding ticket but continued smiling at me.  I looked at him and asked him how much was the fine.  He looked puzzled and looked at a chart and told me RM200 (thereabouts), if my memory serves me right.  I just said "OK, please give me the ticket".  His smile went away as he issued a speeding ticket.

My friend who was in the car with me gave me a scolding after I drove off.  "Couldn't you see he was waiting for you to bribe him?" and "You could have settled it with just RM50!"  I simply replied that I always do the right thing or try to anyway.  I got another scolding when I spent a couple of hours the next day trying to locate a police station in Klang to pay the fine.  "See how much time we have wasted?"  It didn't help that the policeman on duty was dozing and the receipt was manually issued which took an inordinate amount to write.

A couple of years later, my dad drove the same car into Malaysia and was stopped by a policeman who claimed that the fine was never paid!  My dad called me on the phone then and I told him that I laminated the receipt and he would find it in the glove compartment. I had taken precaution just in case something like that happened. It's Malaysia. Well, it happened.

This Singaporean guy who was trying to bribe the traffic policeman, if you asked me, was just "suay" (bad luck) since what he tried to do is something which many (Malaysians and Singaporeans) have always done and are probably still doing.  The Chinese have a saying: "Kill the chicken to show the monkeys".  He happened to be the chicken in this case.

Read the full story here.


Jimmy Ng said...

even if a bribe is finally paid, there is still the risk that the summon will be issued in your absence.

AK71 said...

Hi Jimmy,

I always say it is better to go by the book and I just had a "discussion" about doing things by the book with a rich man a few days ago. He would not bat an eyelid when it comes to buying stolen goods if it is something he really wants and if it is at a good price! Are the rich above the law or do they think they are above the law? Sometimes, I wonder. The idea that there could be equality in this world (or even Singaproe) is a dream at best.

la papillion said...


I think there are several kinds of morality. Some people do the right things out of fear of punishment when caught and some do the right things even when there's no chance of getting caught. There are people belonging to both.

AK71 said...

Hi LP,

It's like playing AD&D: Lawful Good or Chaotic Good? Hahaha... ;)

Raelynn said...

My mom generally doesn't like us to go to Malaysia especially if we're driving down instead of gng by coach. Oh well...

Off topic, I haven't gotten the aims rights package. Odd... Dont the nil paid rights go for sale on Monday?

AK71 said...

Hi Raelynn,

If I do go to K.L. or Genting these days, I would take a coach too. More comfortable too. It just takes longer.

The package should be in today or tomorrow, I guess. My broker just called me an hour ago to inform me how many rights I have been alloted and how much I have to pay.

Trading of the nil-paid rights starts today and ends 30 Sep, a week from now. :)

yeh said...

hi ak,
it is really a shocking news to me.
i still cant believe malaysia cop doesn receive bribe!

haha, i am just too understand malaysia cop and my dear garment:)

AK71 said...

Hi yeh,

Indeed so. Haha... :D

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