Heated exchange between MBJB officers and car salesmen goes viral

JOHOR BARU: A short video clip showing several Johor Baru City Council (MBJB) enforcement officers in a heated argument with second-hand car salesmen in Jalan Kebun Teh has gone viral on social media.

The 26-second clip has been viewed more than 33,000 times.

It was reported that MBJB personnel was responding to public complaints on used cars being parked on road shoulders and causing traffic congestion.

A heated exchange occurred when one of the salesmen started asking the officers in a loud voice, “Mask mana (Where is your mask)?”

One of the officers, who was explaining to the men that it was an offence to park vehicles along the road shoulder, then lost his cool.

Another salesman then offered his hand to apologise but the officer shouted back: “Apa nak pegang-pegang (Why do you want to touch)?” repeatedly before being calmed down by the other officers.

Another officer was heard telling the car salesman to just remove the vehicles, before the video ended.

Many second-hand car dealers and a vernacular school are located in this residential area.

During peak hours, traffic often comes to a standstill, especially in the evenings.

As of press time, efforts to get a response from MBJB about the viral video have not been successful.

Meanwhile, there had been complaints that MBJB had been towing smaller cars while luxury cars parked illegally on major roads in the city centre were left alone.

The lack of public parking in the city area has always been a major issue for many road users while privately-owned carparks charged high prices per hour.

The city council issues a RM250 compound per vehicle towed for obstructing traffic within its jurisdiction.

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