Architect sorry for littering, but upset over FB posting


Clearing the air: Chan (right) discussing the postings over Facebook with Chong at the MCA public complaints bureau.

Clearing the air: Chan (right) discussing the postings over Facebook with Chong at the MCA public complaints bureau.

KUALA LUMPUR: An architect has apologised over a posting on Facebook that showed him littering in an LRT coach.

The posting on Aug 5 by Shane Chiam, showing the man seated on a priority seat with a soiled tissue on the floor near him, has been shared 7,000 times.

The man, who only wanted to be known as Chan W.C., 39, said he boarded the Kelana Jaya line Putra LRT at around 9am on Aug 5.

“I cleaned some dirt off my shoes and as there was no rubbish bin in the LRT (coach), I left the tissue on the floor.

“Suddenly a guy approached me and demanded that I pick up the tissue,” he told reporters at the MCA public complaints bureau here yesterday.

He said he ignored the man but claimed that he picked up the tissue when he reached his stop and threw it away.

“I thought that was the end of it but the next day my colleague informed me that a picture of me had been posted on Facebook with the caption: ‘This guy sits down, takes a tissue out, pours water on it then wipes his shoes. He then tosses it to the side. After asking him ­several times to pick up his trash, he puts on his headphones and ignores me. Definitely cacat akal (retarded). What’s funny is that after wiping his shoes, he takes a pic of it. Showing off his clean shoes to his admirers I guess.’”

Chan said the caption did not tell the whole story, adding that he felt it had caused people to wrongly judge him.

“I admit it was wrong of me to throw the tissue on the floor but I made up for it by throwing it in the rubbish bin when I got off the LRT.

“I have made a police report over the posting and sent an e-mail to the Malaysia Communications and Multimedia Commission,” he said, adding that he did so because there were several threatening comments in the Facebook posting.

He said he hoped that the Facebook user who had originally posted his picture and the message would take down the post.

Asked about the fact that he was seated in a priority seat, Chan said there were no pregnant women, senior citizens or disabled persons who needed the seat at the time.

“I would have given up the seat if necessary,” he said.

Bureau chief Datuk Seri Michael Chong said some Facebook users were acting as judge, jury and executioner.

“Posting such a thing is not wrong but the user could have blurred Chan’s face instead of publicly shaming him,” he said, adding that there was no reason to publicly humiliate Chan as he had picked up the tissue and disposed of it correctly later.

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