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Deputy home minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed has said that government vehicles may break legal speed limits when travelling between official functions. A report by The Malay Mail Online quoted the minister as having said that there are “no hard and fast rules” to this, but all final decisions are left to the discretion of the officials and authorities involved.

“Government cars, if we have to rush for official business, we can inform the police. Government car on government business, we settle it internally, but with justification,” he said at the Dewan Rakyat today.

The minister added that government officials are not entirely free to abuse such special exemptions of the law, especially in a personal capacity. “I’m not saying we can flout, what I am saying is that there are exceptions to the rules. Sometimes we have to hurry up to get to a function,” he said, adding that he himself had only just paid RM300 for a speeding fine.

Nur Jazlan’s remarks were prompted by Rasah MP Teo Kok Seong’s comments that called on ministers to set a good example on the road rather than contemplate further increasing traffic fines. Just last week, home minister Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi said that the authorities were considering increasing the maximum fines for traffic summonses.