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Wearing slippers? M'sian cops issue summons

The price for wearing the "wrong" footwear is RM$150 (S$54).

That's what a lorry driver in Kuching, Malaysia, found out, after the police issued a summons to him for wearing slippers while driving a heavy vehicle.

Metro Ahad quoted Sarawak traffic officer-in-charge Deputy Supt Alexson Naga as saying that the move was to protect road users, newspaper The Star reported.

A photo of the pakaian tidak kemas – pakai selipar (inappro­priate attire – wearing slippers) summons went viral on Facebook.

PHOTO: FACEBOOK/ HARIAN METRO

It led to postings reflecting public dissatisfaction with the police for issuing such a summons.

Many criticised the police for being irrational and accused them of trying to make easy money.

DSP Alexson confirmed the summons was issued to the driver, who is in his 30s, at Jalan Kuching, Serian, last Wednesday (June 17) for not adhering to the dress code while handling a heavy vehicle.

He said:

“Wearing slippers while handling a machine can cause danger to other road users.

"This is to teach the driver a lesson so that he will always respect the rules.”

The summons was issued under the Road Transport Act.

The driver must settle it within three months. An arrest warrant will be issued if he fails to do so.

Sources: Star Online, Facebook/ Harian Metro

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