Ne­ti­zeNs fume over Ng’s Not guilty plea

They urge govt to re­view law so that of­fend­ers re­ceive he­ftier sen­tences

New Straits Times - - News - MASRIWANIE MUHAMADING KUALA LUMPUR wanie@nst.com.my

THE teen who drew ire when she drove against traf­fic in the North-South Ex­press­way is be­ing crit­i­cised for plead­ing not guilty to the charge of driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol or drugs.

Ne­ti­zens be­lieve that Ng Pei Ven, 19, should re­ceive a heav­ier sen­tence.

On Fri­day, she was charged at the Bukit Mertajam mag­is­trate’s court with driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence un­der Sec­tion 44(1) of the Road Trans­port Act 1987, which car­ries up to 10 years’ jail and a fine of up to RM20,000. Ng claimed trial.

Some Ne­ti­zens want the gov­ern­ment to re­view and amend the law so that those who com­mit­ted sim­i­lar of­fences, such as caus­ing dam­age, in­juries or death while un­der the in­flu­ence, re­ceive he­ftier sen­tences.

Hay­ati Radzi said: “Her plead­ing not guilty is as if she felt no re­morse for what she did.”

Saut­tary Elumalai said Ng should get a heav­ier sen­tence.

“She needs se­vere pun­ish­ment. She killed some­one.”

Poh Leng Koi said Ng should be charged with mur­der.

“She de­stroyed a fam­ily. Some­one lost her hus­band. Some­one lost their son.”

Khaled Nordin urged the gov­ern­ment to re­view the law.

“The gov­ern­ment needs to re­view the law. Too many flaws.”

Some Ne­ti­zens also of­fered their con­do­lences to the fam­ily of the vic­tims of the ac­ci­dent, and urged peo­ple to learn from the in­ci­dent.

They urged par­ents to pay more at­ten­tion to their chil­dren so that they don’t get in­volved in il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties, such as drugs.

“I feel sorry for the vic­tim’s fam­ily for hav­ing to en­dure this heavy bur­den. May God give them peace,” said Leo KP Siong.

Cindy said she felt sorry for Ng’s par­ents.

“I be­lieve her par­ents never wished for this to hap­pen.

“There is a lot of news that brings sad­ness and sor­row to oth­ers.

“We par­ents must learn from this in­ci­dent and look af­ter our chil­dren bet­ter. Teach them with love and re­spect to be bet­ter hu­mans.”

Ng also claimed trial to a charge of ad­min­is­ter­ing drugs into her body. She is out on bail af­ter plead­ing not guilty.

In the 7.50am in­ci­dent on March 14, Ng drove her car at high speed against the flow of traf­fic in the NSE af­ter the Sun­gai Dua toll plaze in But­ter­worth and trig­gered a mul­ti­ve­hi­cle col­li­sion.

Her Pro­ton Gen 2 struck the Pero­dua Kelisa driven by Mo­hamad Fandi, 26, who died at the scene.

Ng and driv­ers of four ve­hi­cles sus­tained mi­nor in­juries.

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