Driver of Clamped Car in Fight with Council Enforcers Arrested

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Yet another hot-headed driver was caught on video quarrelling with municipal council officers over his clamped vehicle.

Updated: Police obtained a three-day remand order against the driver.

A 38-year-old man who was engaged in a shouting match with council enforcement officers and bystanders over the clamping of his illegally parked car in Taman Segar, Cheras, was arrested by police.

The incident, which occurred around noon on Monday, went viral after it was posted on Facebook.

Cheras OCPD Chong Kok Sin, in a statement, said the man was arrested at 6.30pm today at the Cheras district police headquarters after a DBKL enforcer involved in the incident lodged a police report on the day of the incident.

“The suspect has been arrested and is being investigated under Section 186 and Section 506 of the Penal Code,” he said in a statement today.

Section 186 concerns the obstruction of a public servant in discharging his public functions and carries a punishment of up to two years’ imprisonment or a fine of up to RM10,000, or both.

Section 506 concerns criminal intimidation and also carries a punishment of up to two years’ imprisonment, a fine, or both.

The driver will be remanded tomorrow.

“He and his colleague, as well as two other men had clamped the car after it had been parked outside the designated box. The team, which included the two men from a company selected by the council, was conducting a car clamping operation within the area.

“After receiving instructions from the DBKL call centre, he and his colleagues went to the car to un-clamp the car, after receiving word that the offender would pay the fine.

“But a misunderstanding occurred and there was pushing during the argument that ensued,” The Star Online quoted Chong as saying.

In the four-minute video of the incident, a man in a striped shirt was seen shouting at two uniformed enforcers for clamping his Perodua Myvi, illegally parked on the side of the road outside what appears to be Cheras Leisure Mall.

Two women, believed to be family members, were also at the scene.

When things got heated and the man started pushing and shoving the officers, one of the women tried to hold the man back.

Taunting was heard, with bystanders yelling: “Pukul! Pukul lah! (Hit! Just hit!).”

The driver then told the officers to take off their uniforms, challenging them to a fight.

The video then showed another man removing the clamp from the driver’s silver Perodua Myvi.

The driver, in Cantonese, told a bystander that he was only gone “for about five minutes” before finding his car clamped.

When he continued to rant at an officer, a bystander who intervened found himself being yelled at by the angry driver.

“You mau apa? Mari lah, (What do you want? Come at me!),” the driver shouted.

The younger of the two women with the driver tried to calm him while he carried on lashing out at the bystander.

The driver then retrieved a small rod from his car and approached one of the council officers.

Before the dispute escalated, both of the women tried to diffuse the situation by restraining the driver, with the younger woman attempting to pull the enraged man away.

After the man entered the car, he was also heard threatening the officers and some of the bystanders, saying: “Okay ah! Tunggu ah! (Alright, just you wait!)”, after the other men challenged him to fight.

He then drove off with the two women.

It is the second such video to have gone viral in a month.

Earlier in September, a woman had screamed at a Subang Jaya Municipal Council officer while brandishing a steering lock after the officer clamped her vehicle.

Related report: Sept 9, Woman Wielding a Steering Lock and Screaming at Council Officer