We had a dinner in a restaurant quite far from our house in the heart of Johor Bahru City Center today. Slightly before reaching to the destination, we were stuck in a massive traffic jam. Oh my God! This could not be happening now. It is purely a waste of time and energy (our own energy and the petrol). We then figured out the possibility of an alternative route. But it was too late. We just passed a an exit to an alternative route.
To make long story short, we finally arrived at the restaurant, my wife and 2 daughters dropped off and I searched for the parking with my son. It was quite tough getting an empty parking spot. However, after 10 minutes circling and lingering around the area, we noticed a car on its way reversing to exit its parking space.
After dinner, we drove back home. On our way home, we observed the traffic jam again, but this time we escaped the traffic jam. We concluded that the traffic jam was mainly due to a heavy flux of vehicles on the road and that some vehicles took the alternative road and they merged to the main road. At the same time, some vehicles used the emergency lane. All of these contributed to a perfect disaster!
As I drove my white Proton Exora, I thought about the traffic condition in United Kingdom. I was in Bradford and several other cities when doing my bachelor degree more than a decade ago. There was no traffic jam at all. If there was, it was not as worse as the one in Johor Bahru now. Johor Bahru will get worse and be at par as Klang Valley traffic jam! OK, back to the UK traffic situation…
I may be bias, but like other human beings, I can observe and think. My sister, who is presently studying in Bradford University, UK, did sent some photos and from some photos, I can see the streets in Bradford. The condition of the street and the traffic seems to be the same as when I was there few years ago. It seems that there are very less vehicles on the street. Why is that? OK yes, some may thought that, hey…Bradford is just a small city. Not as big as Johor Bahru. Yeah..that is a true fact. But in cities like Leads and Birmingham, the traffic are not as bad as in major cities in Malaysia.
Why? What’s the problem?
Will the traffic in Johor Bahru be more worse in 5 years time? What about in 10 years time? Yeah…I bet, it will be worse. Sure. Affirmative. From my observation, I think the public transportation in UK is very efficient and reliable that it provided perfect convenience for passengers and commuters. I was there. I know it. The public buses are damn good that they perfectly follow the scheduled that is shown at the bus stop. In the bus itself, a clock is placed to show the time. They basically want to show that they follow the time and schedule. If the bus is supposed to reach bus stop X at 11.14am, the bus will reach there at 11.14am. Amazing! I’m not kidding. This is real truth.
The trains and also underground tubes are also amazingly reliable. Everything is on time. I have no issue on the Light Rail Transit (LRT) in Kuala Lumpur. I believe they are also on time and reliable. But those are only available in Kuala Lumpur. What about other cities in Malaysia? For Johoreans, we need to wait till 2018 to happily used the LRT or MRT. When compared to the one in UK, wherever we are, some kind of public transport can definitely reach us. They are so reliable that it is fine not to own a car. You can go anywhere with public transportation easily, comfortably and you can predict the time of your arrival at the destination.
OK, I don’t want to extend, exaggerate or prolong this issue. I don’t want some of you say that I’m favouring other countries. Wrong! I love my country and I just want to see my country improved. I hate traffic jams. If the government don’t do something to improve the public transportation quality and also apply certain related regulation(s), I bet the traffic congestion in Malaysia will be as worse. With reliable and efficient public transport, people will opt to use public transport and this can reduce the number of vehicles on the road. That’s it. Simple logic. Improve the public transportation quality, The traffic may improve.
OK. bottom line, I hope the government will do something and improve the situation.
Any comment? Ideas? I’ll really appreciate it very much. I’m just a concern citizen and I want comfortable public transport. I hate traffic jams!
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