The minute a car accident occurs, two things come to mind – the collision itself and the difficulty of having to make a report at a police station. The latter is especially so if the person has trouble speaking and writing in either Bahasa Malaysia or English.

This sentiment has been echoed by Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed, who said that the matter has in fact become a deterrent to some, especially victims of Chinese ethnicity. According to The Sun, this has often led to car accidents and crimes going unreported.

Nur Jazlan suggested that the Malaysian police force should recruit more Mandarin-speaking policemen, who can then be posted at police stations to address the issue. The move will hopefully encourage this silent group to come forward and file the reports, as they rightfully should.

“We can place more Chinese policemen to be on standby at the counter, it is just a matter of relocation. If we do not have the numbers now, then perhaps we can recruit more,” he told the daily.

So, have any of you encountered language difficulties in lodging a report after a car accident? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.