‘Banana man’ issued summonses for driving with tree lodged in car in Skudai

JOHOR BARU: A 30-year-old man got into trouble with the law after a video clip of him driving with a banana tree in tow made the rounds on social media.

The clip showed the tree trunk and branches sticking out of the car, which obstructed and endangered other road users, said Iskandar Puteri OCPD Asst Comm Dzulkhairi Mukhtar.

He said the incident took place along Jalan Persiaran Utama, Mutiara Rini, in Skudai here at around 2pm Saturday (Nov 28).

About five hours after the incident, police managed to track down the car owner, who is currently in Singapore.

“The car owner’s son then showed up at the Iskandar Puteri traffic police station and confessed that his 30-year-old cousin was the one driving the vehicle during the incident and that the banana tree was for prayer purposes.

“The driver finally showed up at the police station at 9.30pm the next day (Nov 29) and a background check showed that he possessed 18 traffic summonses including four arrest warrants and 10 non-compoundable summonses.

“He was served a summonses under Rule 20 of the Road Traffic Rules 166/59 for carrying a load with an inappropriate vehicle, ” ACP Dzulkhairi said, adding that the car’s road tax had expired as well.

ACP Dzulkhairi said the driver was also brought to the Johor Baru Magistrate’s Court to settle six outstanding summonses amounting to RM1,200.

He added that the vehicle had been seized under Section 64 of the Road Transport Act 1987 and the owner must be present at the police station in order for the vehicle to be released.

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