PARKING touts are becoming a menace in Ipoh.
In my past 23 years living in Ipoh, I have encountered many touts but they were usually centred in one or two areas.
Now, they are virtually everywhere – at eateries, clubs, pubs and other places of interest.
They even have the audacity to demand for a specific amount of money, with not even a look of shame or guilt on their faces when they say ‘RM3’.
Three ringgit for parking at public car parks on a public holiday, or after 6pm on a working day?
While some private car parks charge that amount, it’s because it is privately-owned land.
However, in public parking areas, where we pay parking fees to the city council during office hours, there should not be a need to do so at other times or on public holidays because that is the law.
Yet, we find ourselves begrudgingly giving a ringgit or two (one of my friends actually paid RM5) to these touts, and we do so considering that they might do something nasty to your car if you do not pay.
But just because we give them money in an apparent exchange for their “services” does not mean that we condone touts.
The number of touts has grown over the years, and all of them are able-bodied individuals who can earn an honest living even as an odd-job worker, a dishwasher, a waiter, etc.
I implore the Ipoh City Council and the police to help get rid of touts. The authorities cannot keep quiet as this is no different to blatant extortion.
HENRY G.Z. YEW Ipoh.
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