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    Samy Vellu, M.D.

    “Kancil cars do hell on the road because the drivers are psychologically affected.

    “Their cars are small and they don’t want others to feel that their cars are small and that they cannot run fast..."

    WTH? Can he justify his statement, or does it stem from his super imagination and ignorance? Come on! What about the drivers of big Mercedes/Volvo who go fast? What justification does our M.D have for them??!?!

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    he should be sued by perodua for downgrading the value of the kancil.

    he's a freaking transport minister and he's blasting one of two of our national cars.

    god knows where he comes up with his hypothesis, but he sounds real dim.

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    i take offence to what samy said! i happen to drive a kancil and i am very considerate, very courteous on the road. i am also good in traffic jams. and i do not speed on the road much less the highway (kereta tak ada power) i do not have psychological problems. i have problem spelling that darn word though. ze man is insane. and i thought i was.

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    vellu is famous for speaking before thinking... if thinking even comes into picture...

    anyway, in germany where there's no limit in the autobahn i thought it's only for one lane? not the entire road? having said that, europeans in general drive pretty fast on the road. try chugging along at 80kph there, and u should belong in the slow lane. they regularly go at 120-150 plus, of course they have their volvos and beemers to zip them from place to place...

    we should learn from japan in terms of town planning. our public transport system has not been given much investment and attention; instead we focused on our national car project. and so our roads are clogged up with private cars, and our highways are mainly 2-lane carraigeways......................

    kancils can outperform a proton iswara... personal experience here!!!

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    dear samy there will never die of hunger, his foot is often in his mouth.

    i drove a kancil for more than six years and the only tickets i had ever gotten were from yellow line parkings - we can't go much faster even if we want to bcos the car is too light and there is just not enough power. on top of that, the car seem to shudder each time a larger car passes by, who are we to compete??

    and yes, the kancil is truly better than the proton. i maintained it once a year yet it never broke down... :-)

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    There's alot of debate going on in the autoworld forum on this issue... some suggestions include:
    1) size does not refer to the physical size of the car, but the CC of the engine.. even a small merc is considered physically small, but more powerful than a kancil definitely.
    2) have different speed limits for different lanes of the highway
    3) autobahn has no speed limit, but drivers are more careful and courteous

    see... it matters not if the car is small... rather, if the driver's brain is small... accidents will happen no matter what the car or speed...
    080308 We Did It!

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    Hi All,

    My feeling is that it doesn't matter whether speed limits change either for the road or for the car. For instance these days I feel that not many motorists are actually following the limits imposed anyway and that speed traps are still insufficient deterrents.

    Newer technologies may come in useful here. There are devices that can automatically relay information of multiple vehicles speeds at any time. These can be installed and used on our highways to assess compliance to the speed limits and even provide additional information on potential offenders.

    What is truly needed is stricter and increased governance/ enforcement. Use heavier penalties, impound offenders cars, strip their licenses for a year. If caught driving without a license, throw them in jail. Do this, and you know that suddenly everybody is "courteous".

    Case in point is Singapore. Offenders are sometimes humiliated by being forced to do community services e.g. cleaning pedestrian walkways, sweeping drains etc. This has a "magical" effect on creating enthisiasm for obeying the law in the future. Some people who are the worst offenders have more disposable income than most, so even a RM 300.00 fine is no great shakes. For example if someone could own a BMW X5 which is RM 700,000.00 what is a paltry fine? But humiliate them, that most definitely works.

    However, then we also have to address another problem, our cops are not the most well paid in the world. The currently rampant problem of bribery will then only increase even more than the situation we have today. For this to work, crooked cops have to be jailed. There is no other logical way.
    Regards, emybaba.

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    i agree with emybaba.

    also, i feel it's silly to vary the speed limits between cars for several reasons.

    1. enforceability - you mean the policeman has to adjust the settings on his speed analyser everytime a different make of cars pass by?

    also, it would put a clut on the already slow paper process in the summons department.

    2. confusion - if a law is not easily understood, it confuses the ppl. notably those who drive different cars... please remember not everyone is very car proficient.

    how do we lable the speed limits from there on? double signboards, one for kancils, another for the rest?

    3. physics - if you have a small car going fast and bangs into another small car, damage is a factor of 5. small car bangs into a big car, damage is a factor of 3. big car bangs into big car, damage factor 6. big car bangs into small car - damage factor 10.

    logically, you shouldn't let the big cars go fast because they can do more damage.

    i do not think that this has been given much thought and calculation. samy vellu's reasoning (i.e. "the psychology of the kancil driver") should show us how deep the man actually is.

    and i've never heard of any country in the world impose seperate speed limits. there must be a reason why someone hasn't thought of such an "innovative" idea as yet.

    and here in italy, we have 50cc cars. yes, you heard me... 50cc.

    ///ej

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    I doubt this rule will be employed... look at the black box project last time.. a disappointing failure.. express buses still hurtling away at 130kph going scot free, while an unsuspecting waja driver going 115 is stopped for some starbucks cash...

    i almost got squished by an express bus once... was going on the plus highway, behind this bus on the middle lane, i decided to overtake on the right so i put my signal light and proceeded to overtake... halfway through beside the bus, it suddenly started swerving out to overtake traffic in front!!! that was like 100kph... i honked to no avail, the bus driver didn't seem to notice me... i had to do an emergency slowdown all the way to 50kph, and the bus just sped on...

    still remember it's a pink bus...

    gave me a shock , not unlike an electric shock... so before blaming kancil drivers/other small car drivers.. why not look at bus drivers and lorry drivers instead.. after all, if they go fast and crash into other people, they'll probable emerge unscathed,. but for others........ pancake anyone?
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    i don't go on metrobus's anymore because i've been in 4 accidents, the last one left me hospitalised. they paid for everything, but i started getting calls at 2 am telling me "not to go to the press" a bit later on. not very nice.

    express busses are pretty bad. the PLUS and NICE ones are not so bad though. those are pretty comfy.

    there is just so much corruption going on.... *sigh*...

    ///Ej

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    I heard this rumour from some few friends saying that if you speed at 140 kmh above, the police speed camera won't be able to catch you at that speed but if you travel at 110-120 kmh, you are going to get the saman. I do not know how true their statement is and I never go and try it out also lah.

    The black box inside the bus is a noisy thing, and bus drivers don't really care whether the thing beeps or stays quiet. I got really dissed sitting on the bus once with the black box making noise all the way back to JB from KL. I have seen this topo...something-something technology buses use in european countries. In fact, the bus I was travelling on while I was in Italy uses this technology. The buses have this device in the bus, and whenever police wanna check whether the bus is speeding, they will ask the driver to take out this disc shaped thing out from their device, and the police will take this disc and check it in their own machine whether the bus driver have been speeding. But then, if the bus driver kasi duit kopi, ..... it's the same old grandmother story again. duhh.

    and about vellu saying kancil can't run fast..... someone should offer him a ride in his modified kancil. heheee. It will do the trick.
    " Fear less, hope more; Whine less, breathe more; Talk less, say more; Hate less, love more; And all the good things are yours "

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