While much of the world uses the American term ‘truck’ to describe its road transport vehicles, Malaysia prefers the old English name ‘lorry’ (lori in Bahasa). Foreigners might be puzzled by signs advertising lori sewa thinking this means some kind of sewage truck. It just means truck for rent.
Lorries are often imported in chassis form and have their bodywork made locally from wood in a design which is unique to this part of the world with small doors which hinge in the opposite direction to other motor vehicles. The end product may not be as decorative as those built in Pakistan but Malaysian lorries have a certain character and charm. The same cannot be said for most of the drivers!
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