‘Why clamp my car but not the VIP one?’
A WOMAN took to Twitter to vent her frustration after her car was clamped by Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL) while the Mercedes-Benz in front of hers was spared.
The viral tweet posted on Oct 19 under the handle@WinnieKepala got DBKL into action and caught the attention of former Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan.
“My car got clamped for illegal parking. Fine. But this VIP car who’s there before me, also illegally parked, unharmed? @PDRMMsia #dbkl,” she tweeted.
The post went viral and received over 20,000 retweets and 7,000 likes.
She asked a DBKL officer why the luxury car, which she described as a “PDRM VIP”, was not clamped.
“I am only tasked with unclamping vehicles. This is not discrimination as it is standard practice that if the driver of the vehicle is nearby, officers will normally not clamp the car,” the officer reportedly said.
The former IGP pointed out that the crest on the luxury car was not an official VIP or police logo. Having the badge does not mean one can escape summons for traffic offences, he added.
“It’s not a PDRM VIP, it’s a Retired Police Officers Association car badge and can be bought by anyone when they give donations to the Assoc.,” Tan Sri Musa tweeted.
According to a Harian Metro report, DBKL will be following up on the incident. “We will have to follow up on this to see if the car was clamped by the council’s traffic division or by those on duty hired by the parking concession operator under Yayasan Wilayah,” DBKL deputy enforcement director Nasarudin Daharun said.