Far too frequently, offensive Malaysians have been breaking the law by challenging and obstructing public servant from performing their duties. They try to bully enforcement officers to avoid being penalised over minor offences.
Time and again, video footages would emerge of motorists berating council workers or trying to stop them from issuing parking tickets.
The most recent case involved a married couple who harassed a Shah Alam Municipal Council Officer (MBSA). The couple had been identified, arrested and charged in court.
Lor Ka Hoo, 35, and his wife Tan Sit Fun, 30, have been sentenced to 14 days’ jail by the Shah Alam magistrate’s court today after pleading guilty to using criminal force to deter the officer from carrying out her duty.
They admitted to using criminal force to prevent 23-year-old Nurul Ain Isa from discharging her duty at Bukit Rahman Putra, Sungai Buloh on Thursday. The couple were charged under Section 353 of the Penal Code.
Magistrate P. Sarulatha ordered the accused to pay a fine of RM3,000 each, in default seven days’ jail. The court also allowed a stay of execution pending an appeal and the couple were granted bail at RM2,000 each.
According to the charge, the accused had used criminal force against Nurul Ain when she was on duty, which carries a maximum two-year imprisonment, a fine, or both upon conviction.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar was right in issuing a stern warning to anyone who tried to obstruct or prevent any public servant from performing their duties.
A video of the incident went viral on the Internet. It showed the woman holding on tightly to the officer’s shirt, while the husband stood on the other side, blocked her path and tried to take her picture.
The officer was heard calling to her colleague for help. They failed to defuse the situation and an onlooker went to the aid of the harassed officer. The video ended after the two officers managed to wriggle their way out.
We have to be firm with such offenders so that others won’t harass or attempt to prevent enforcement officers from performing their duties. Make an example out of them.
Offenders shouldn’t be left off with a slap on the wrist. If they don’t know how to respect the law and enforcement officers, they must be taught how to.
Source : The Heat Malaysia Online