Every second counts when it comes to saving lives. Recently, the Inforoadblock Facebook page shared a video, which is believed to be dashcam footage from a private ambulance.
The admin then wrote in the caption, “Dashcam footage from a private ambulance has gone viral after it was asked to stop to give way to a VVVIP convoy”.
In the clip, all the cars that were stopped by the traffic police dedicated to the convoy could be seen moving to the side to allow the ambulance through to the front of the line. The traffic police could then be seen stopping the ambulance while looking out for the convoy coming from the flyover.
This has since caused backlash among netizens who are calling out VIPs for treating people’s lives like they are lesser than their own.
According to NST, Johor Baru Utara police chief Assistant Commissioner Rupiah Abd Wahid had come out with a statement today (8 March) defending the action.
The move by the police to temporarily stop an ambulance at the intersection while conducting traffic control during the Keluarga Malaysia (Malaysian Family) Aspirations Tour programme at the Angsana Johor Baru Mall was aimed at avoiding the huge risk of a crash.
She explained that if traffic officers had given the green light to the ambulance, it was feared that there would be a collision between the ambulance and a convoy of vehicles on a downhill route.
“During the incident, the ambulance which was coming from the direction of Jalan Danga Bay was still given priority, and members on duty also gave space to the ambulance to manoeuvre between other vehicles to get ahead.
“Members on duty had also made assessments from every angle in terms of safety, and after the convoy left, the ambulance was allowed to move ahead. The ambulance was stopped for only about 30 seconds,” Rupiah said.
It is also learnt that a police report had been lodged over the video and it will be investigated under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 and Section 505(b) of the Penal Code.
Apparently, the police were disappointed with the viral video and even advised the public not to issue false and irresponsible comments and information on social media to prevent public nuisance.