There are many good RELA members, volunteering their time and energy to help maintain peace and whatever they are assigned to do. But there are many whose heads are too big.
We were driving along Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah (i.e. the millionaires’ row) turning into Jalan Larut when we heard siren. In front of us, came this Honda cub bike with an ahpek with RELA suit and a whistle. He stopped the traffic from the other junction to let the hearse pass.
That’s fine, maybe the dead ought to have a smooth drive. But after we turn into Jalan Burmah, the RELA members (now totalling two) are getting bolder and bolder. Hey, you are not the traffic police, wokay? And though we respect the dead and will want the final journey to be a smooth one, that doesn’t mean we must stopped in the middle of a busy road to let it pass because well, that’s life.
By now, the RELA members on their Honda cub (70 c.c. old bike) acted like they are escorting the King. They keep waving us off the road, while riding precariously on their bike. Some of us may have seen them but if some other bikers who just caught up from behind may not see them and a crash is very possible.
Still, we tolerate because it is after all a funeral. But what is super annoying is this. We came to the red light where school children were crossing the road along Jalan Burmah. And the hearse was about 3-4 cars behind. All the time, our car was one car ahead of the hearse. Read – 3 to 4 cars behind. Meaning, there are 3-4 cars on a three-lanes road. That total at least 10 cars waiting for the red light.
And this farking old man in his RELA suit, thinking he is the traffic police actually shoo-ed all the cars to move, inspite of the red lights and the children crossing the road. Mahai, can wait or not? Don’t you have any common sense that it is more important to see that the school children crossed safely than trying to act like you are escorting a time bomb?
Again, with all due respect to deceased and the family, I think the two RELA members are way too much. I know that in normal funerals, if you belong to the rich and famous, they can get police permit and even police escort. But I hope that not everyone gets to get RELA to be the escort all the time. Then again, if you are rich enough and get one of those undertakers, I bet money can buy everything?