AFTER receiving an increasing number of complaints about drunkards causing a nuisance in housing areas, two Seberang Prai municipal councillors decided to act.
Councillors P. David Marshel and M. Satees placed signboards at the playgrounds of five housing areas here to warn the public that consuming alcohol at parks was an offence punishable under Section 268 of the Penal Code.
The message on the board also urged the public to contact the nearest police station if anyone is found drinking alcohol at any of the parks.
“At the council, we have guidelines that all playgrounds, besides being smoke-free, must also be alcohol-free,” said David on Saturday.
“But, there is lack of enforcement and awareness.
“We wish to instil fear in wrongdoers instead of always having to initiate action against them, which does not seem to have any effect as they are stubborn.
“These groups will often gather at the playgrounds, drink beer and other alcoholic beverages at wee hours.
“They will make noise and litter the ground with their glass bottles. The bottles, when shattered, are dangerous to park goers.
“Residents have also complained about the noise made by the groups.”
The signboards have been placed at Taman Bagan Baru, Taman Ria and Taman Jawa in Butterworth, and at Taman Supreme and Taman Prai Utama in Prai.
David, who is also Malaysian Anti-Cheap Liquor Movement president, said they also planned to add the warning under Section 510 of the Penal Code, which is the offence for misconduct in public by a drunken person, on the signboards.
Meanwhile, north Seberang Prai OCPD Asst Comm Noorzainy Mohd Noor said although the intention of the signboards were good, he hoped David and Satees would consult the police before placing such signboards.
“Some minor amendments need to be made. For instance, Section 268 of the Penal Code is for nuisance, and is not against consumption of alcohol.
“Also, the signboard design should be an official one,” he said, adding that police would be calling David and Satees to discuss the matter.