Wednesday, January 03, 2007

vip traffic summonses... why no arrest warrants?!?...

why the double standard?!?...

police missed the summons?!?.... yeah riteeeeeeeeeee!...

perhaps another 'close-one-eye' case?!?...

they should be leading by example eh?!?... durh!...

VIP traffic summonses: Why no arrest warrants?
Sulaiman Rejab
Jul 13, 06 4:02pm

I refer to your exclusive report 18 more ministers among 'elite' speedsters.

If one says that selected prosecution does not take place in Malaysia, please laugh. Ministers are getting away with unpaid traffic summonses while the ordinary man is being dragged to the lock-up in the wee hours of the morning.

Inspector-General of Police Mohd Bakri Omar must explain the police's failure to arrest the prime minister, the deputy prime minister and other cabinet ministers for not paying their traffic summonses, some dating back to late 1990s.

Why the double standard? When the ordinary man, who surely earns much less than these ministers, fails to pay his or her summonses, the police take great pains to go to court and obtain warrants of arrest.

If the IGP cannot give a satisfactory answer as to why there are no warrants of arrest against these ministers, who in their hypocritical political speeches and Hari Raya messages advice motorists to drive slowly and carefully, then he should obviously resign for failing in his duties.

No doubt that in most cases, it is the ministers' drivers who commit the traffic offence, but while ferrying whom?

The deputy prime minister has collected summonses dating back to 1999 and owes the government about RM8,000. And guess what? No warrant of arrest. Works Minister S Samy Vellu, with 143 unpaid summonses, still owes the government RM17,460.

He is followed by Foreign Affairs Minister Syed Hamid Albar, who has racked up 121 unpaid summonses totaling RM15,200 over the past seven years.

Close on his heels is Human Resources Minister Dr Fong Chan Onn, with a debt of RM15,230 from 115 summonses issued from May 21, 2001 up to April this year.

Entrepreneur and Co-operative Development Minister Mohamed Khaled Nordin is said to owe RM12,190 from 93 summonses over a period of seven years.

Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had 11 summons, Women, Family and Community Development Minister Sharizat Abdul Jalil had 23 and International Trade and Industry Minister Rafidah Aziz had 10. Youth and Sports Minister Azalina Othman had 28 recorded against her name.

MPs: Don’t let ministers speed off with a fine

Ministers with numerous speeding tickets should undergo community service as their “fine,” an MP told the House.

Datuk Kamarudin Jaafar (Pas – Tumpat) said ministers’ cars were usually driven very fast.

“But when it comes to implementing projects, they are very slow,” he said during question time.

Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Azlan Sultan Abu Bakar, in his reply, said the summonses issue had been discussed at the Cabinet meeting and all ministers whose cars were issued with speeding tickets had to pay the fine.

“No one can escape from paying the fine. We have also sent a directive to the drivers of cars carrying the Prime Minister, his deputy and other ministers telling them not to speed,” he said.

“Sometimes, a minister is tired and nods off in the car and the driver may take advantage of the situation by driving fast.”

On road safety, Tengku Azlan said several measures were being implemented, including road safety campaigns and enforcement checks,” he said.

“The Road Safety Plan aims to reduce road fatalities by 50% by 2010. Last year, there were 6,188 road fatalities, or a 0.6% drop from 2004.”

The number of accidents which involved slight injuries also dipped to 31,429 last year from 38,631 in 2004.

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