The Sungai Besi-Ulu Kelang Elevated Expressway (SUKE) was officially opened on Malaysia Day and it aims to reduce peak hour congestion along the MRR2, Jalan Ampang and Jalan Loke Yew. Shortly after the opening, there are several videos on TikTok showing a ridiculous tiny signboard near the Hulu Langat and Ampang intersection.
@bob_yp Punyala kecik signboard #fyp #fypシ #fypシ゚viral #bobyp #teambobyp #fastthrottle #rltracing #mrsbobyp #runner #fypシ ♬ original sound – Bob Yp
As shown in a TikTok video, the sign is so tiny that you’ll have to come to a complete stop to read the text after a corner. TikTok user @bob_yp questioned if road users are expected to bring a magnifying glass to read the sign. In a separate video by @jeppwaksalam, he added a label saying that the signboard was purchased from Shopee.
@jeppwaksalam Aku pun terkene td..korang tolong hati2 pilih simpang di susur keluar BUKIT AMPANG / LANGAT NI…. SUSUR KIRI ke LANGAT / BUKIT AMPANG.. SUSUR KANAN ke AMPANG / PANDAN INDAH / HOSP AMPANG #SUKE #sukehighway #malaysia #shopee ♬ Pusara Di Lebuhraya – Ekamatra
As usual, there are hilarious comments including one asking if this is a road sign or a “kenduri kahwin” (wedding) sign? Some commented that the highway name is SUKE, so “suke-suke dia la”.
After the signboard went viral, Malay Mail has reported today that the signboard has been removed by the highway operator. A spokesperson told the media outlet that they have been notified about the issue and the sign was removed by their patrol team. The representative also indicated that the signboard would most probably be modified or replaced with a new one.
How was this tiny signboard approved in the first place?
Signboards are crucial for road users. The text should be clear and placed at strategic spots to guide users in the right direction. All highways especially tolled ones are regulated by the Malaysian Highway Authority (Lembaga Lebuhraya Malaysia, aka LLM). Similar to most developed countries, Malaysia does have standardised road sign system and there should be guidelines that dictate the size, font and placement of signboards on all highways.
Since this is a brand new highway, SUKE would have gone through the necessary checks and approval by LLM before it is opened to the public. It is surprising that such a small signboard is allowed if the intention is to get users to stay in the correct lane before the highway splits into two different directions.
At the moment, only Phase One of SUKE covering 16.6km from Cheras-Kajang Interchange to Bukit Antarabangsa is open to the public. It is currently toll-free for a month so you don’t have to pay for tolls at the Bukit Teratai and Ampang toll plazas.
UPDATE: SUKE has posted an update on Facebook clarifying that all signages were approved according to the guidelines by the authority and that the extra sign was an additional initiative. Following public feedback, they added that they will replace the sign with a more appropriate size.
In case you’re wondering, the viral signboard on SUKE highway isn’t the smallest we’ve seen in the Klang Valley. If there’s a contest for the smallest and slimmest road sign, the twin signs at Sungai Way Free Trade Zone located between Jalan SS 8/2 heading towards Federal Highway would probably be the grand prize winner. As shown above, there are two small signs with extremely skinny fonts for “Kawasan Perindustrian Bebas” and “Shah Alam Dan Subang Jaya.”
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