KUALA LUMPUR: A curious road rage incident has divided Malaysians after CCTV footage of the event went viral on social media recently.
The 1-minute and 37-second video clip features a Toyota Hilux repeatedly ramming a double-parked Honda City to pieces in the driver’s unhinged bid to nudge it out of the way.
The circus show unfolds as coffee shop patrons – who are sitting perilously close to the action – watch on in bemusement (and with little regard for their own safety).
In an added twist to the tawdry affair, Malaysiakini revealed that the Honda driver is a former aide of MCA president Liow Tiong Lai.
According to Sin Chew, the incident occurred on Aug 5 at Jalan Dato Poo Yew Choy in Bentong, Pahang. The drama commenced when the Hilux driver emerged from a nearby bar at 11.37pm and entered his vehicle.
He promptly honked a few times to gain the attention of the driver of the Honda, which was blocking his way.
According to World of Buzz, some witnesses claim he leaned on his horn for as long as 30 minutes, to no avail; while others said his patience ran out much sooner.
After briefly alighting from his pickup truck, the Hilux driver re-enters his vehicle – at which moment his lights blaze, as if the four-wheel-drive itself is furious.
Several coffee shop patrons within spitting distance of the truck astutely move a little farther away – comically dragging their tables and chairs along with them, anticipating a blowout.
The Hilux then reverses directly into the Honda’s front left side, hitting it with such force that its rear tyres appear to briefly roll onto the sedan’s hood. After a pause, it moves forward, reverses and crashes into the Honda yet again, with even greater force.
It is at this moment that the Honda driver strolls rather casually from off-screen towards his car, as if only mildly upset by the carnage. (He is wearing a blue t-shirt, mauve shorts and black slippers). He appears to plead with the Hilux driver, but is ignored.
The Honda is violently rammed into three more times.
Meanwhile, the Honda driver – still bizarrely sedate – merely unlocks the back door of his car and reaches in for something (a stick of chewing gum?).
The Honda driver later lodged a police report, in which he claimed that he had parked behind the four-wheel drive due to a lack of available parking space nearby – which, judging by the video, is patently untrue.
He also claimed to have left his name card on his car’s dashboard; and that the Hilux driver had threatened him with physical harm, Malaysiakini reported.
Regardless of whoever’s pulling a fast one here – and judging by the cheers of netizens who gained vicarious pleasure from seeing the Honda being steamrolled – double-parkers are a despised species. (And without condoning the “going full retard” actions of the Hilux driver, this incident will hopefully ram the message down their throats.)