In a surprising turn of events, the Taiwan Traffic Safety Association showered praises on Malaysia’s road design, commending the effective road channelization that has reportedly enhanced safety and order in traffic management.
However, the praise has been met with a mix of agreement and skepticism from the Malaysian populace.
No nasty surprises at intersections
“Malaysia’s road design can’t be said to be the best in the world, but it is much stronger compared to Taiwan. You can see the careful planning in just about any intersection you come across.
The experts praised Malaysia for implementing road channelizations that effectively segregate traffic based on the direction, thereby reducing confusion at intersections and potentially lowering the risk of accidents.
While it’s great to be admired from afar, the praise has Malaysians scratching their heads, given that local sentiment towards road design is…well, a mixed bag of nuts.
One netizen humorously suggests that soon someone will share pictures of rural areas in Malaysia to show that it’s not as impressive as the person is imagining.
“This photo is actually of Ipoh, but you can find even more rural areas where the details are still apparent. The design thinking is much more advanced than in Taiwan.”
While some appreciate the organized roads, others feel that there is still much more that can be done, especially in terms of integrating cycling lanes and ensuring pedestrian safety.
“Yeah but there are a lot of potholes.”
“The roads in Penang, Malaysia, especially in Georgetown, are really very narrow, resembling Vietnam 😂. However, Malaysia’s highways are truly very great 👍🏻 especially appreciated more after going abroad.”
Another netizen comment points out the high number of traffic accidents in Malaysia in 2022, with 6,067 fatalities resulting from 545,630 reported accidents, equating to one accident happening every minute, showcasing a critical state of road safety in Malaysia.
Some emphasize the importance of drivers’ behavior and attitude on the road in preventing traffic accidents and acknowledging the role of good road design.
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