PETALING JAYA: Writing off all existing summonses issued under the Automated Enforcement System (AES) is unfair to those who have promptly paid their fines, said netizens who criticised the move.
Transport Minister Anthony Loke announced the decision yesterday, saying that the 3.1 million summonses – amounting to RM435mil – would be written off.
He also stressed this was a one-off move.
On The Star Online’s Facebook page, many users labelled the move as “unfair” for citizens who have paid their summonses, with some even asking for refunds.
“How can like that la ... Menteri, this is not fair. ‘Salah’ means ‘salah’. I want a refund for paying my summon which I paid promptly,” Facebook user William Ng wrote.
“Why you want to wipe out? Why you want to give discount? Follow Singapore again la, if summons not paid within 2 weeks, demerit points and impose late payment fees further or see you in court.
“You must be firm and ‘garang’, new government, so soft like ‘tofu’,” user Jack James wrote.
Some users even questioned the move in terms of Malaysia’s financial situation, with previous reports of the country’s debt amounting to RM1 trillion.
User Badiuzzaman Mohamed noted reports of the debt, and was confused about how by writing off RM435mil would help.
“I thought we are running out of money? (Also) Unfair to motorists who have been obeying the speed limit so far,” user Dwen Muhammad Redzwan said.
“Shouldn’t do that ... an offence is an offence. Those paid are being punished ... so must those who haven’t paid. Be fair,” said user Man Irwan Abdullah.