|Our car after the accident on 26 Sept|
On Monday 26 September the spouse was driving to Tung Shin Hospital for his hip-replacement surgery. We were on the main road at Jalan Jelatek maneuvering our way through the usual morning traffic jam when we heard a loud bang. A car was coming from a minor road, driven by a female Malay SYT ( sweet young thing) who had misjudged her sneaky attempt to 'celuk' into Jalan Jelatek and hit our car instead.
As I was the closest to her car, I could see this female Malay SYT gesticulating angrily at us from inside her car. I signalled to her to stop a short distance away and both cars moved ahead to park next to the kerb at Jalan Jelatek.
Now, accidents happen and we all, young and old, male and female, Malay, Chinese, Indian and also 'orang putih' should be able to deal with the situation in a civilized manner. It's only a car, for heaven's sake. There are no bad cars, only bad drivers with nasty attitudes.
We stepped out of our car and the female Malay SYT driver walked towards us in a huff declaring in English, "Why you do not stop?" (quoted in verbatim)
The bloody cheek I thought! She was the one who should stop, coming from a side road! The spouse was livid when he heard this - and he was on his way to the Hospital for an operation!!
This was my retort in Malay, "Mengapa kurang ajar? Siapa yang salah? Siapa yang cuba celuk? Siapa yang langgar siapa? Tak lulus Highway Code kah?
She was taken aback because she did not expect me to tell her off in Malay. And I was getting more and more concerned about the effect of this accident and the female Malay SYT's insolence on Iain's stress level - he was due for a major operation in five hours' time!!
When I asked for her details, she resorted to the usual weapon of tears and said she would speak to her father. To cut a long story short, her father called me and in a roundabout way asked that I make no police report and that he would pay for the repair.
When I made this posting on 12 November 2009, "Beautiful Baby Driving a Car" ,
I did not expect to experience the full impact and reality of the female Malay SYT's stupid driving and arrogance. We have had minor and bad skirmishes on the road in England but these kapirs never displayed such crassness and irresponsibility.
For the rest of the journey to the Hospital we kept each other calm and yesterday, Syukur Alhamdulillah, we got home safe and sound. Iain's operation was a success and for the next few weeks the cobalt-titanium man will spend his days adjusting to the new hip. Hip, hip, hurray!
Here he is, showing off to his 'nieces' like Lely, Oi Bek, Rohaya, Irene and Rukhsana and 'nephews' like Jai, Din and Yuwrajh to assure them that he can still rock, sans Zimmer frame. Sigh......!!!!
Finally, heaps of thanks for all the doa and prayers and good wishes from friends and relatives.