Parking problems are part of our daily lives in Malaysia. There are a few things we can do to outsmart them but hogging a parking space by standing on is definitely not one of them.
On Thursday (Mar 22), a lady was spotted standing on a parking space in One Utama Shopping Center just to “reserve” it so that her friend could occupy it when he arrived, saving both the time and effort to look for one.
Distressed by what he saw, netizen Jason Ong took to Facebook and shared a series of photos of the lady obstructing other vehicles in taking the spot. Along with the pictures, he wrote the post in Mandarin saying: “Walao… another one hogging parking spot by standing (on it).”
In the pictures, we saw the lady was engrossed in her phone and didn’t lift her head up to see how many passersby were disgusted by her action. The post garnered over 1,200 of shares within a day and at the time of writing, it’s already been removed.
According to WOB, netizens were fumed over the incident. “I can understand if she’s a street vendor and trying to reserve the spot for her stall, but this is a shopping mall!” wrote one netizen in the comment section, another added: “You should drive up to her and honk at her until she moves. That should teach her a lesson.”
The move sure is irritating and that begs the question, is it legal to do so? Based on an AskLegal article published recently, it said that the act is indeed illegal. The extract of the law reads:
Section 50(3) of the Road Transport Act 1976, “unlawful interference and importuning”: “If any person, otherwise than with lawful authority, remains on any road or at any parking place for the purpose of importuning any other person in respect of the watching or cleaning of a motor vehicle, or for the purpose of directing any driver of a motor vehicle in respect of parking on such road or at such place, he shall be guilty of an offence.”
If one is caught convicted, he or she can be fined up to RM2,000 or up to 6 months in jail. Repeat offences get a fine up to RM4,000, and/or up to 12 months in jail. If you encounter such incident, you can report it to the Road Transport Department (JPJ) through e-mail, call, or text. Here are how you could report it:
- WhatsApp message at 011-5111 5252 with photos and details of the offender
- Call at 03-8886-6412
- Send an e-mail to [email protected]
Well, there you go. You know what to do when you see one, and as for the offender, you know what you will get into now if you pull that off again.
Let’s us all be nice and play fair in the game of parking-searching, okay?