GEORGE TOWN: The Penang Island City Council is investigating its former Health Department staff member who was accused of littering on the sidewalk of Lebuh Carnarvon in a Facebook post which has since gone viral.
Council mayor Datuk Maimunah Mohd Sharif said littering was an offence punishable with a maximum RM500 fine.
She said court action could also be taken against the man, whom she said was a council employee who retired 10 years ago.
“But we need evidence before we can issue him a summons.
“The photos in the post did not show him throwing the rubbish and the closed circuit television camera footage in the area was unclear,” she said.
A Facebook post attached with four photographs showing the man, a car parked by the road and a plastic bottle on the sidewalk next to the car, has been shared more than 1,000 times since Wednesday.
A man in the Facebook post alleged that the former council staff member threw the plastic bottle out of his car as a form of protest against the council’s Health Department which he claimed was not doing enough in cleaning joss paper waste in the state.
Maimunah said the allegation was unfounded as the council had been cleaning the streets twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening.