Speed Tables are plateaus of our uncivil behavior

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The latest new infrastructures in Penang are “speed tables”. They can be seen in and around Pulau Tikus, a township that is associated with rich Penangites and tasty but relatively expensive hawker foods. Recently, the area has also undergone a drastic rearrangement of traffic flow.

When laws are broken without consequence, then non-compliance becomes the norm. And if desperate measures are taken by the authorities in lieu of enforcement, then these simply strengthen public impunity before the law.

Speed tables are larger versions of the speed bumps commonly seen in residential areas in the whole country, put up to force drivers to decelerate.


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