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Posted by Fadzil Khairi on Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Recently, a posting by a motorist about not giving way to a VIP’s convoy went viral on social media. The subject became intensely debated shortly after, which begs the question, are you required to give way when a VIP convoy is coming through?

According to legal expert Datuk Jahaberdeen Mohamad Yunos, the short answer is no, you don’t have to. This is because there is no such law that requires motorists to give way to a VIP convoy on the road. However, each situation has to be scrutinised on a case by case basis, he stated.

In a report by New Straits Times, Jahaberdeen said: “We have to look at the situation in order for action to be taken. If the VIP concerned is going for an official meeting and the stationary motorist is preventing him from conducting his job, then yes, he (the motorist) can be forcibly asked to move. But if the VIP is using the road in his personal capacity, then the motorist is not obliged to move and give way to him.”

In the December 15 posting, the road user claimed that while driving on the road, several police outriders on motorcycles were ordering motorists to give way to a car which was ferrying a VVIP.


The road user however, refused to give way, a move that was matched by the car ahead of him. He applauded the move as Malaysians fighting for their rights, and continued on by stating that he wasn’t angry with police officers who were just performing their duties.

Instead, he asked for ministers to “practice what they preach”, as in to leave earlier to avoid traffic congestion. In early November, Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan offered this suggestion to motorists as a way to get around the recent toll hikes by using toll-free roads.

NST posed a question to Kuala Lumpur traffic chief Asst Comm Mohd Nadzri Hussain, asking if any action will be taken against the road user over his posting. He said he would have to verify the situation first before commenting on the issue. So, Malaysians, what’s your view point on the matter? Do you approve of the road user’s actions, or is this practice of not giving way setting an unhealthy precedent?