"Lesen Terbang" could cost you your license

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Getting your driver's license is a crucial step towards independence. But what if the shortcut you take turns into a dangerous roadblock? In Malaysia, the issue of "lesen terbang" (literally "flying license") – obtaining a license through corruption – is a serious concern. The good news? The Transport Ministry is taking a tough stance against driving schools involved in such practices.

What is "Lesen Terbang" and Why is it Dangerous?

"Lesen terbang" refers to acquiring a driver's license without proper training or passing the required tests. This often involves bribery or collusion between driving schools and examiners. While it might seem tempting to skip the effort, the consequences are severe.

  • Safety Risk: Drivers who lack proper training are a menace on the road. They pose a danger to themselves and others.
  • Devalued Licenses: A surge of unqualified drivers undermines the credibility of legitimately obtained licenses.
  • Licence Revocation: If caught, licenses obtained through corruption can be revoked.

Transport Ministry Gets Tough on Corrupt Driving Schools

The Transport Ministry has made it clear that driving schools involved in "lesen terbang" activities risk losing their operating licenses. This crackdown aims to ensure the integrity of the driving test system and promote road safety.

Minister Anthony Loke emphasized that corrupt practices endanger lives, especially young drivers. He urged the public to avoid "lesen terbang" schemes advertised on social media.

The Move Towards E-Testing

The government's introduction of the Electronic Driving Test System (e-Testing) is another step towards curbing corruption. E-testing minimizes human intervention, reducing opportunities for bribery during the driving test.

Choosing a Reputable Driving School

Here's how to avoid falling prey to "lesen terbang" scams:

  • Do your research: Choose a licensed and reputable driving school with a good track record.
  • Beware of unrealistic promises: If a school guarantees a pass without proper training, it's likely a red flag.
  • Transparency is key: Ask questions about the curriculum, instructors, and test procedures.

Getting a driver's license is an achievement, but it should be earned through hard work and proper training. By working together, the authorities and the public can ensure a safer driving environment for everyone.

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