Repeal law on indecent behaviour


  • Letters
  • Tuesday, 12 Aug 2003

COUPLES relaxing in public parks being slapped with summonses for so-called indecent behaviour seem to be the trend these days. 

The “disease” originated from Ipoh and has now spread to the popular KLCC Park. 

In the recent episode, a young couple were accosted by officers clad in the City Hall uniform and were allegedly asked for a bribe of RM200 to avoid being issued with a summons for indecent behaviour. 

When the couple told them they had no money the officers allegedly offered to accept a lower amount from each of them. When no settlement could be made, the couple were slapped with the compound notice although they denied any body contact.  

Of course there are always two sides to a coin. The enforcement will always deny any accusation of wrong-doing.  

But when couples consistently make such allegations, in law the question of similar fact evidence crops in. When the modus operandi becomes only too familiar, it becomes all the more credible that corruption is in the air.  

It appears that harassment by enforcement officers seems to be more prevalent than “obscene and indecent” behaviour by couples. 

Courting couples, by and large, do not indulge in obscene behaviour.  

Therefore in the broader public interest it is proposed that the Parks By-Law enactment for “indecent behaviour- hugging and kissing in public area with boyfriend/girlfriend” be repealed. 

It is absurd having in force a law that is abused more by the enforcement agency than by the members of the public.  

 

DR A. SOORIAN, 

Seremban. 

(via e-mail) 

 

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