Don’t break laws and you won’t be summoned

  • Letters
  • Wednesday, 13 Aug 2003

I REFER to the letter, “Repeal law on indecent behaviour,” by Dr A. Soorian (The Star, Aug 12). 

Yes, the enforcement officers have no right to abuse the law for their own benefit. However, the law has to be upheld.  

It is sad that these people are abusing the power entrusted to them, but the people have to remember a law is a law. If they are unwilling to pay the summonses, then do not go against it. 

It is because we are too lenient in giving out summonses that our country has come to such a state. Young couples not only date but have no shame by engaging in heavy petting and kissing in public as well. 

Certain “scenes” are not meant to be seen in public, and they will have to understand that. 

Just try taking a walk in the KLCC Park, or even in the KLCC mall itself. You will see couples not only holding hands, but behaving indecently.  

I am not only referring to indecent acts, but to others as well such as littering, jaywalking and abuse of public amenities. 

We keep raving about other countries which are clean and strict. We praise them, but when we are summoned for any of these offences, we lodge a complaint.  

It is time that we accepted that laws are meant for the benefit of the country and its citizens. If you do not abide by the law, then you would have to be summoned.  

If you do not offer or accept the “token” suggestion, then accept the summons, and you will have indirectly started a small chain to curb bribery as well.  

I agree it is absurd for the enforcement officers to abuse the law. But it is equally absurd for the public to deny the law as and when they please.  



Kuala Lumpur. 

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