Singaporeans are obedient and very law abiding in the tiny lil’ red dot. However, when they cross over into this land of rule of law, they start to show their true law disobedience self. The damning bit is when when caught, they conveniently try to bribe Malaysian Law Enforcement officers.
They say proof of the pudding is in the eating. In the context of story telling, proof is in the video taping.
Lee Mong Seng was stopped by SPAD agents for driving an unlicensed tourist van. He tried to bribe the agents with SGD200.00 and was arrested under Section 17(b) for the MACC Act.
Shaik Mohamed Bin Shaik Zain, 68, tried to bribe a SPAD agent in Sultan Iskandar CIQ Complex of the amount RM50.00 for breaching tourist van license. He told the SPAD agent that he brought some Singaporean shoppers to Mydin. Shaik Mohamed was charged under the same Section 17(b) of the MACC Act.
Ng Geok Hock, a Singaporean taxi driver pleaded to bribe SPAD agents. He was arrested for similar breach of laws at the same spot like mentioned above. He pleaded guilty and was jailed for one day.
Updates on these cases on MACC website.
These are very common traits amongst Singaporean motorists when they cross over into Malaysia via Johor Bahru. Often, they find it convenient not to observe Malaysian traffic laws, which are almost identical to Singaporean traffic laws. When they are apprehended, they immediately attempt to bribe.
They never do this in their tiny lil’ red dot. It is not because they are naturally obedient citizens who respect and observe the law. It is because they fear the Singaporean stiff penal system, which provide very little tolerance for deviants.
These same Singaporeans feel that they need not respect Malaysian laws and customs most probably because they believe Malaysian authorities are not as strict and stiff as the counterparts. It seems its the kiasu thingy.