A 65-year-old polio victim and his family were subjected to three hours of ordeal after his car that was parked at a bay for the disabled was towed by the Klang Municipal Council (MPK) enforcement unit.
Retired accounts assistant R. Sandrakasan, who was driven to a bank in Jalan Kapar in Klang by his son, was in the bank with his son and wife when the incident took place.
His son rushed out of the bank after spotting his car being towed and explained his situation to the enforcement officers.
“They said they were towing the car because it had no sticker to show the owner was disabled.
“My son pointed to me in the bank and I was visible through the glass wall, in my wheelchair,” he said, adding that they refused to believe and proceeded to tow the car to MPK’s impound yard in Jalan Tepi Sungai.
Sandrakasan and his wife waited at the bank while their son, Ruben, went to the council’s enforcement office about 3km away in Jalan Tengku Kelana.
“The staff told me that they could not do anything about it because my car did not have the sticker issued to the disabled.
“I had to pay RM100 as fine for wrongful parking and another RM100 to get my car released from the impound,” said Ruben.
He said he was unaware that only those with the special sticker were allowed to park in the bays designated for the disabled.
“However, MPK should not be so rigid. They refused to accept our reason even when my uncle drove my parents from the bank to the enforcement office and they saw my father in person.
MPK enforcement chief Andry Arman said it was wrong for any motorist to park in the designated bay for the disabled without the sticker.
“This is a clear offence and the offender must pay the fine,” he said when contacted by StarMetro.
MPK public relations director Norfiza Mahfiz urged Sandrakasan to apply at the Klang District Welfare Department for the special car sticker for the disabled.
“The sticker will enable the bearer to use the designated parking bays without any problem,” she said.