Speaking about Cambodia, I just have so many things to share with you, both positive and negative points. In general, I will mention more on negative points to drive more attention from everyone, including authorities.
With the speed of economic grow like nowadays, children are growing too fast if compare to my generation. People who was born during 1980s downwards, growing to meet the standard is just a miracle. Not enough food, no clean water, not enough protein and even clothes, are the main barres for children’s growth. People at my generation or older, they grow very slow and skinny. But look at nowadays children, they’re growing too fast. Just 12 or 14 years old, their high is already 160 cm to 170 cm. The speed of growth in those children could brings some negative points to the society.
Today I only bring one little negative to discuss, “Level of understanding and obey the traffic law of teenagers”.
If you ride a bike or drive a car along the road, you would see so many teenagers who aged around 15-20 years old ride their motorbike with incredible speed and helmet-less. Normal, Cambodia’s traffic law states, “in the city or crowded area, the speed is limited to 40km/h”. But look back to what our teenagers are driving is faster than 50km/h by compromising any risk that waiting for them.
No helmet, no rear mirror, high speed are disobey the law is the thing you might see. I truly do not understand why, but maybe because of these reasons:
– No helmet because helmet is the hair-style-killer, perhaps they loves their hair style than their life. Wearing helmet is very important and also help you to reduce some injuries if incidentally you’ve got accident. Helmet will protect your skull and brain from getting injured and dead.
– Some teenagers thinks that wearing helmet and slow driving make them not look “COOL”, they’re compromising and risk their life for that new way of living. This is a suicide action and I don’t know when will they understanding and take care of themselves a bit better. This behaviors will never make you look “cooler” or “more handsome or cute” but it is killing yourself. Wake up kids.
– “Drive fast, and obey the traffic law make me look braver in front of my girlfriend”, this is even more serious and danger. Do not do that. It won’t make you look braver, in contrast, you’re killing yourself and your girlfriend. Drive safe is best for you and her.
There are just so many things happen on the road. First time for a foreigners who come to visit Cambodia, they will surprise and will says, “WOW! These people is driving like crazy, this country is so unorganized and outlaw”. As a Cambodian citizen and as Cambodia’s next generation, how would feel if you hear that? I personally feel very ashamed.