On the seventh day of CNY, which was on Saturday, CF and I went out for dinner with his three closest friends – KW, FL and GB. We were at The Curve and then yam cha at SS2 Murni.
Since CF is like a brother to the two girls - FL and GB - it was only natural that I would have to meet them
On the way back, we were unfortunate enough to encounter a police road block. It took about three minutes before it was our turn and inexplicably, we were told to pull over.
Turned out that the road tax has expired barely two days ago.
As the car was registered under CF’s dad’s name, CF gave him a call. The father even spoke to the policeman.
When the phone was passed back to CF, the policeman asked, “Tanya you punya bapa berapa dia mahu belanja?” (Ask your dad how much he wants to spare me.)
CF didn’t have the required denomination, but I did have a piece of a aqua grey note. The policeman, for whatever reason – to make it sound reasonable or just to scare us – was going on and on about how CF is still on a probationary license and that a summon will definitely not look good on his record.
Now, the policeman was dressed in dark blue uniform. Correct me if I am wrong, but as far as I know, only traffic policemen, in white uniform, has the authority to issue summons.
I was seriously contemplating letting him issue the summons, and see whether he actually would or not.
What the heck, we decided to pay him anyway. We were not willing to have more trouble, seeing how the police seemed to be a tad overzealous nowadays, for whatever reasons.
Now, what really pissed me off was the way he took the money. Or put in another way, the way he wanted the money handed to him.
I wanted to be discreet, but he disagreed. He said, “Bagi sajalah, tak payah takut-takut. Sini tak ada orang nampak, hanya Tuhan yang nampak.” (Just pass it to me. Don’t be afraid of anyone watching us, but God sees all.)
It’s bad enough that corruption of the men in blue is public knowledge (I truly am ashamed to have abetted in this dirty behaviour), but quite obviously this particular law enforcer was quite unapologetic about it. He didn’t even mind that God was watching and even mentioned it nonchalantly.
For a religion that pays so much importance on the afterlife and ultimately to go to heaven, his actions really shocked me.
Anyway, CF was quite down already from an earlier incident (and it wasn’t me this time!), so being caught for a traffic offence was another whammy.
No worries though, he is feeling quite OK now. Though for the time being, he won’t be able to drive to college or anywhere else.