A video clip of a tense road bullying incident in PJ witnessed by indignant onlookers has gone viral on social media.
The incident at 10.57pm on Thursday night along Jalan PJU5/10, a one-way lane often fringed by parked cars and restaurant tables, in Petaling Jaya, involved a Mercedes-Benz and a Perodua Bezza.
The 2-minute video shows a black Mercedes-Benz which had gone into the lane the wrong way, face-to-face with a Perodua Bezza which was rightfully expecting the other car to give way.
Both cars came to a standstill and did not budge.
Despite clearly being in the wrong, the Mercedes driver stood his ground and stared down the Bezza driver, his headlights blazing.
According to the New Straits Times, the Mercedes driver was a 36-year-old from Taman Tun Dr Ismail.
Not willing to reverse, he intimidated the Bezza driver by inching his car towards the other vehicle, with the high beam on.
As the bully was literally “pushing back” the smaller car, traffic began to build up behind the Bezza.
While the Mercedes driver was bullying the Bezza driver into retreating, onlookers and diners having supper at an outdoor restaurant could be heard saying that everyone knew the Mercedes-Benz was moving “the wrong way”.
After several tense moments, the Bezza driver relented and slowly reversed while a chorus of onlookers began shouting towards the Mercedes driver that it was “a one-way road.”
The Mercedes driver was not in the least fazed by the heckling.
The cars behind the Bezza also started to move back to give way.
Unhappy that the Bezza was not reversing fast enough, the Mercedes impatiently lurched forward and knocked into the other car’s bumper, drawing gasps from onlookers and shouts that “someone should call the police”.
As the standoff escalated, onlookers approached the Bezza driver, offering words of support and gesturing towards the Mercedes driver.
Some went to the driver side of the Mercedes-Benz and scolded the driver who was hidden behind dark-tinted windows.
The Bezza driver did not alight to inspect the damage to his car, but it is learnt that he lodged a police report at the Kota Damansara Police Station the following day.
According to Petaling Jaya district police chief Assistant Commissioner Mohd Zani Che Sin, the Bezza driver was a 26-year-old from Melaka.
“The driver of the Mercedes-Benz committed an offence by driving (the wrong way on) a one-way road and deliberately driving his car into the victim’s car bumper,” Zani told the NST.
He added that the case is being investigated under Section 427 of the Penal Code for committing mischief; and Section 42 of the Road Transport Act 1982 for reckless and dangerous driving.