Photo from online version of The StarThere is a story in The Star today that really makes me want to puke.
"Malaysian Institute for Road Safety Research (Miros) director-general Prof Dr Radin Umar Radin Sohadi said the overhangs were not only at the same height as a car's windshield but also had a lot of space underneath, which means a car keeps moving after impact. “When a car collides with the rear of such a lorry or truck, there is no bumper-to-bumper impact. Instead, the overhang slams straight into where the drivers and passengers are sitting."
Duh! Any damn fool could have told you that.
How many years had it been since the then minister of transport in his infinite wisdom decided to approve these over hangs for lorries so that they can carry loads which they were not designed for? Only now does Miros realise that it is unsafe??? Oh I see, maybe Miros was just waiting for the quota of deaths resulting from these extensions before taking any actions or making announcements about their danger. According to the story this is the 5th fatality involving these 'overhangs'.
From the first time I laid eyes on these lorries fitted with these extensions I could see that there were accidents waiting to happen. Mostly made from flimsy looking these extensions hang with a limp nonchalance from the back from these little lorries. And the authorities who thought them up and approved them think that AWAS painted in red on the panel is a super duper way of extending the payloads of these vehicles safely. Standards? Hiyah! Never mind la.
So okay. Now 5 people have been killed by these things so it's time to do something else. I am wondering what the director-general of Miros has in mind. I am sure it will be another masterpiece of creative thinking.
And then the Star story ended with this example of great journalistic writing I thought...
"Prof Radin Umar said the results of investigations showed that the problem had to be dealt with, especially in improving crash compatibility."
"...the problem had to be dealt with???" What else would you do with a problem?