Macam Mana Lu Mau I Tolong…..?
Posted by ErnieJean on November 25, 2008
Being a total bimbo sometimes, there was a time when I was happily driving around, totally clueless that my road tax had already expired. As fate would have it, a police patrol car that happened to be driving behind me decided to check on the status of my car, found out about the expired road tax and proceeded to hail me down.
Stopping at the side of the road, me at the front with the patrol car parked right behind, one of the two policemen, got down and swaggered towards my direction (I remain seated inside the locked car of course) and informed me of my offence. And as expected, after informing me of the “value” of my offence, Mr. Policeman #1 proceeded with the standard question designed for some kind of plea for leniency from the offender…….
“Macam mana? Mau kena saman ke?” (“How? Do you want to be summoned?“)
And of course, at this time, Mr. Policeman #2 would have gotten down from the car too and start walking around the two of us (like a vulture, circling its prey), to add to the “nerve-wrecking” situation…..with such precise timing, if I may so say myself.
Imagine their dissapointment when I replied…..
“Encik, kalau saya salah, memang saya patut di saman….Saman saja lah” (“Sir, if I have committed the offence, then I deserve to be summoned….Go ahead -lah”)
And as expected, I got off the hook with a reminder to get my road tax renewed. 😀
It also helped that this happened at the end of the month, where the police would have filled their quota of summons to be issued and hence any additional summons would mean more paperwork…….although I can’t verify whether this holds any truth, but that is what most of us Malaysians assume as the “unspoken truth”.
I’m very sure we’ve all encountered this same senario…..being caught for committing a traffic offence (also sometimes debatable y’know?) and we have our beloved “mata” offerring to “help” us avoid the hassles of paying summons….it’s almost become like a national institution, in a way……everyone knows the standard procedures……
You know, with all the overseas trips by our BN government, disguised as “study trips”, these yoyos should just visit our neighbour, the “little-red-dot” down south, especially in improving the integrity of our police force and security.
Sergeant Pah Wenxiang was patrolling along Woodlands Road at about 5.30pm on 31Oct last year when he spotted a driver of a white car making an illegal U-turn and driving against traffic flow for 500m.
In doing so, the driver narrowly missed a collision with a motorcyclist before entering a petrol station.
The cop then tailed the driver and confronted him when the latter stopped at the petrol station.
The driver, Lim Teck Choon, a 56-year-old Malaysian businessman, told Sgt Pah he did not want to be caught in the traffic jam and wanted to return to Malaysia as soon as possible.
He even went on to suggest that it was common for vehicles to reverse and drive against the flow of traffic when there was a traffic jam.
His excuse cut no ice and Sgt Pah proceeded to inform Lim that he would be charged in court for dangerous driving and that he would be placed under arrest. (Perhaps, he should have done a “MM2” by declaring that he “no spicking & leading Inglish”)
Tried to bargain
Lim tried to bargain with Sgt Pah by asking whether it was possible not to ‘summon’ him so ‘heavily’.
Sgt Pah replied that he had no choice as Lim had committed a serious traffic offence. Lim acknowledged that he was at fault and that he could not deny this.
While waiting for the police car to arrive, Sgt Pah started a conversation with Lim, who said that he was a businessman with businesses in Singapore and Malaysia.
He added that he also owned plantations in Johor which were popular grounds for fishing and hunting.
Lim then told Sgt Pah: ‘Why want to do this, be enemy. You should let me go. We can be friends. Next time you come to Malaysia, Iwill take care of you, still got benefits.’ (…………Trademark of UMNO? MCA? MIC?……”we friend friend….I take care of you, you take care of me”……)
On hearing that, Sgt Pah felt that the accused was offering a bribe, and he accordingly told the accused that it was an offence to do so. (Wah! Wah! If in Malaysia, Mr. Mata would have been pretty pissed off if there was no offer)
The accused replied ‘okay’ and did not say anything else after that. Still, the offer to bribe the cop landed Lim in hot water.
When his case came up before District Judge Jasvender Kaur, the judge noted that attempting to bribe a police officer is a serious offence. But she took into account Lim’s plea for leniency in this case.
First, after Lim’s request of not being summoned so heavily was turned down, Lim did not persist.
Lim admitted he was wrong and that the traffic police officer was only doing his duty.
Judge Kaur said: ‘I think it is reasonable to say that the accused would, in all probability, not have said what he said had Sgt Pah not started the casual conversation.’
Lim also pleaded with the judge, saying that he was a deputy chairman of Malaysian Chinese Association for the town of Kampong Jawa in Johor, and he has helped students and orphans in his constituency. (MALU-NYA!!!!! That moron just informed the whole world that a politician, Deputy Chairman some more, from the ruling party tried to bribe his way out!!!)
As Lim had no previous records, he was spared the jail sentence and was fined $15,000 for the bribery offence. He was fined $2,500 earlier and disqualified from driving for six months.
For all the kiasu-jokes and love-hate relationship we have with our Singaporean cousins, I can’t help but envy them in that aspect………INTEGRITY, JUSTICE AND PRIDE……something our law-enforcers and politicians from the ruling coalition sorely lacks…….and will probably continue to lack as long as the current ruling coalition remains in power…..