Speed Tables are plateaus of our uncivil behavior

By Goh Ban Lee, Photography Kwong Wah Yit Poh

December 2013 VOICE IN THE CROWD
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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...

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Goh Ban Lee

is a senior research fellow in the Penang Institute.

Photography Kwong Wah Yit Poh