Is DBKL’s traffic enforcement founded on race considerations?

Posted on September 26, 2018

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many-colours-one-dreamclamp in front of watsonsLast Saturday, 22nd September, I met up with Mike at Papparich in Taman Danau Desa, around 2pm.

At my suggestion, Mike parked right beside the restaurant, in an area clearly indicated as a “No Parking” zone.

It was going to be right next where we sat, and I thought since it was a short meeting, should the enforcement officers come along, Mike could move his car.

I don’t know how, but Mike and I completely missed the arrival of the enforcement officers.

Car clamped and summons issued.

As you may already know, DBKL outsources this work to a private company.

In another post, I will share why I think this is wrong.

Back to Saturday.

I had to pay RM100.

RM50 to have the clamp removed and another RM50 to compound the summons.

Actually, this exercise at law enforcement in the Taman Desa / Taman Danau Desa had been troubling me for some time.

Here’s why.

Now, just around the corner from Papparich, there used to be a popular Indian foodstall commonly known as “Selvam’s Corner”, located on an inner road, Jalan 3/109.

Early this month, DBKL had it closed down.

Before that, almost on a daily basis, DBKL enforcement officers would come round to clamp vehicles illegally parked in the vicinity of Selvam’s Corner.

Law enforcement, right?

Well, yes, if it is applied consistently.

I had for long suspected that it wasn’t.

Monday, 24th September, I decided to do a little bit of investigation to see if my suspicions were well-founded.

Around 1.30pm, I got in my car and drove around to see if I could spot any DBKL patrol vehicles carrying out enforcement activity.

1.50pm, bingo!

On Jalan Desa Jaya, I spotted DBKL patrol vehicle registration number WKY 7337.

 

Jalan DJ

Jalan Desa Jaya

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Predominantly Malay foodstalls along Jalan Desa Jaya

There were several vehicles illegally parked along the road, but no enforcement action   ( clamping and issuing of summonses ) were taken.

For those familiar with the area, Jalan Desa Jaya is one of three roads that form a ‘U’ around the De Market supermarket.

The other two roads are Jalan Desa Bahagia and Jalan Desa Bakti.

This morning, 26th September, I decided to do a little snooping again.

12.05pm, I spotted DBKL patrol vehicle registration number WPG 7061 on its rounds in the commercial area of Taman Danau Desa.

Within minutes, an illegally parked vehicle in front of Watsons was hit.

 

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I drove around and found another vehicle hit in front of KFC.

clamp in front of KFC

Then I headed out to the De Market supermarket vicinity.

clamp on DB

Clamped and summoned on Jalan Desa Bahagia

clamped on desa bakti

Clamped and summoned on Jalan Desa Bakti

Two of the three roads that form a ‘U’ around De Market.

Now onto Jalan Desa Jaya.

In front of the  Malay stalls.

Four vehicles, unoccupied, and illegally parked.

illegally parked at DJ4illegally parked at DJ3illegally parked at DJ2illegally parked at DJ1

No clamp.

No summons.

Nothing.

Are we looking at a case of selective enforcement?

On race considerations?

FT minister, are my fears unfounded?