Some people think that their passports allow them to do more than just travel to other countries – some apparently think it also entitles them to cut in front of foreign cars on cross-border highways.
A Malaysian man demonstrated that on Saturday when he waved his passport like a magic wand to cut into another lane at the Malaysia–Singapore Second Link heading towards Johor Bahru
Joanna Loh, who was in the car the man cut in front of, posted a dashcam recording of the incident on social media. It begins by showing the unmasked man rolling down his window just to give her an angry stare when she refuses to give way to him.
Upon realizing there’s a dashcam, the driver, who appears to be driving a Honda, proceeds to roll his window back up only to roll it back down a few seconds later with a face mask on and his Malaysian passport in hand, flashing it as if his life depended on it.
Eventually, Loh gives way to the driver. But instead of moving on, he gets out of his car, points to his Johorean car plate number, and shows something on his mobile phone to her.
It was only after the man was done pointing and making sure his Malaysian-ness was known that he got back into the car and drove off.
Loh, on the other hand, maintained her cool and stayed in her car.
She said on Facebook that both she and the other passengers in the car are Malaysians.
According to Loh, if the man had gently inquired. as opposed to intimidating fellow Malaysians, she would have happily permitted him to cut in.
She went on to say that not everyone who drives a car with a Singapore license plate is a citizen of the country.
Even if it is, Loh said Malaysian drivers do not have the right to abuse or harass Singaporeans on the road.
They were caught in four hours of traffic gridlock after leaving the checkpoint, according to Loh.
The massive jam was due to people traveling overseas to take advantage of Singapore’s upcoming National Day holiday on 9 August.