With the festive stalls up and running in the capital, it is near impossible to enter the area without first getting stuck in a jam.
At first glance, it seems like there has been an exponential increase in the number of people flocking to the capital due to the festivities to commemorate the 75th birthday of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hasssanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam.
However, a closer look will reveal that the issue has more to do with unscrupulous parking practices.
I understand that creativity is needed in desperate times. But to park at any perceived space, even when it’s on a zebra crossing, is taking rule-breaking a little too far.
What astounds me more is the absence of authorities to ensure motorists abide by the rules and regulations. Cars are parked everywhere, obstructing the view of drivers and blocking entry ways.
As a result, unless you head down early, you are most likely going to get caught in a bottleneck as more drivers opt for illegal parking to save them the trouble of finding a proper spot.
While I fully support festive stalls, such as the ones currently held in the capital, as they make an otherwise sleepy town come alive during the night, I would rather see road safety being prioritised.