I wish to put on record that I am 100% in support of the moves by the government to amend the Minor Offences Act. It is about time.
My only comment is: Nobody bothered about the Act until a pig came along.
Yes, it took a pig to draw everybody’s attention to this major thing. Because only when this particular lady who was suffering from anaemia wrote her name down as “BABI” (Malay for “pig”) on the summons notice issued by a traffic policeman to her that we came to realise that the maximum fine provided for by the Act is only RM100.
One hundred ringgit at the time when, for example, a teacher’s pay was RM300.00 was of course huge in value. And therefore a fine of RM100 would have made an offender very poor. But not now when – again, as an example – a teacher’s pay is around RM3,000.
And so, thank you Mr Pig, for being the reason behind a major change to be done on one of our laws.