Alhamdulillah! Common sense has finally prevailed in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia! Starting in June, 2018, women in Saudi Arabia will be finally allowed to drive! The restriction on women from being allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia has been there since the first motorcars were introduced in the oil rich kingdom.
There was a case of several Saudi women who defied such a ban and they drove their vehicles along the roads of Riyadh, the capital city of Saudi Arabia. Here is the video:
Personally, I do not agree with such a restriction because there is no such prohibition in Islam. If the Saudis did so because of their ancestral customs and taboos forbidding their womenfolk from travelling on their own, it is understandable because of the way their society operates.
Here in Malaysia, we have no such restrictions. It is actually a survival skill that ought to be learned by everyone, male and female as to learn and know how to drive a car for in times of emergency women can take over the wheels and drive to wherever it is that they need to go. Maybe it was the male ego at work over there in Arabia but Thank God, that the day has come for such an illogical rule to be overturned.
Still, I can foresee sort of a cultural clash taking place over there on the roads and highways of Saudi Arabia where age old male dominance would come to a head when the Arab menfolk feel threatened or challenged if a lady driver cuts them off on the road! Wonder what would ensue? Hehehehe..as the saying goes, we’ll just wait and see.