Feb 6, 2007

It's OK to shout "Hoi, PEKAK kah?" to our policemen

This is interesting. We are not told that it is part of a policeman's job to take criticisms. But becareful, not to imitate this action. :-)

PENANG: Uttering the words “Hoi, pekak kah?” (Hoi, are you deaf?) at a policeman is not tantamount to breach of public peace, the High Court ruled.

In allowing lawyer R.S.N. Rayer’s appeal against his conviction by a magistrate’s court which found him guilty of using insulting and abusive language on a traffic cop, High Court Judicial Commissioner Abdul Rahim Uda said yesterday that it was part of a policeman’s job to take criticisms.

Last Aug 4, the lower court fined Rayer, 34, the maximum RM100 under the Minor Offences Act for verbally abusing Kpl Abdul Rahman Kamarul Hailan in front of a florist”s shop in Jalan Mesjid Kapitan Keling at 1.20pm on July 5, 2003.

During the trial, Rayer testified that he had asked Kpl Abdul Rahman whether he was deaf when the latter ignored his explanation that he was waiting in his car for his wife who was in the shop, and instead left a traffic summon on his windscreen.

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