‘MBPP failed to act on re­port’

New Straits Times - - News -

GE­ORGE TOWN: The Pe­nang Is­land City Coun­cil (MBPP) has been taken to task over its al­leged fail­ure to act on a re­port on a scratched ve­hi­cle due to neg­li­gence by its en­force­ment of­fi­cer.

Malaysian United Party youth sec­re­tary Ong Chun Jiet said the right front rim of his Mercedes-Benz was scratched when an MBPP of­fi­cer wanted to clamp the ve­hi­cle on Oct 4 last year.

Ong said the paint stain on the rim was con­sis­tent with the colour of the wheel clamp used by the of­fi­cer.

“Due to lack of park­ing space at Lorong De­lima 5, Is­land Glades, I parked my car out­side the park­ing lot along a yel­low line, but I did not block the traf­fic there.

“I ad­mit that I com­mit­ted an of­fence. I paid the RM50 fine to undo the clamp.”

How­ever, he claimed that there was a yel­low mark on the area where the clamp was placed.

“I pointed it out to the of­fi­cer, but he re­fused to ac­cept his mis­take. He said the mark was there even be­fore it was clamped.

“This re­pair will cost me sev­eral hun­dred ring­git. It is a for­eign car and it is not cheap to fix,” he said at the party’s of­fice at Le­buh Me­laka here yes­ter­day.

He lodged a re­port with MBPP on the same day af­ter he paid the sum­mons, urg­ing the coun­cil to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for the of­fi­cer’s neg­li­gence.

Ong said sev­eral days af­ter the re­port was lodged, he was no­ti­fied that MBPP was in­ves­ti­gat­ing the case. How­ever, they have kept quiet ever since.

He said it had been a year and MBPP had yet to of­fer any ex­pla­na­tion.

“I do not want the money. I want MBPP to is­sue an apol­ogy in a press state­ment and let it be pub­lished. I give them un­til Mon­day noon to do so, fail­ing which I will take le­gal ac­tion.”

In a state­ment, MBPP said it had con­ducted an in­ves­ti­ga­tion and con­cluded that the scratches on the rim ex­isted even be­fore its of­fi­cers clamped the car, fol­low­ing pho­to­graphic ev­i­dence taken by its of­fi­cers.

“The Road Trans­port Act also states that the au­thor­i­ties are ex­empted from bear­ing the li­a­bil­i­ties of loss and dam­age on the ve­hi­cle when a clamp­ing ex­er­cise is car­ried out.”

PIC BY MUHAM­MAD MIKAIL ONG

Malaysian United Party youth sec­re­tary Ong Chun Jiet show­ing a pic­ture of his car. He called on the Pe­nang Is­land City Coun­cil to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for his scratched ve­hi­cle at the party of­fice in Le­buh Me­laka, Ge­orge Town, yes­ter­day.

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