Hogging car parks or reserving them is a crime that can get you fined up to RM2,000 or imprisoned for up to six months.
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Reserving parking, or what we call, “chop” parking is sadly not a rare occurrence in Malaysia. Although it is illegal, some people just do not care, as long as they get their spot.
Recently, a woman uploaded a video of a parking hogger on her TikTok account (@larojtfl) and it went viral with 410.9K views and 21.1K likes at the time of writing.
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The incident happened last weekend at the Malaysian International Trade and Exhibition Centre (Mitec) where the 52nd MATTA Fair was held. With an annual tour and travel fair this big, a lot of visitors find it hard to find good parking and some even took it to ridiculous extents.
In the video, a man and a woman were seen standing in the parking spot, guarding it. The man in the red shirt was even seen warding off the Honda car in front of @larojtfl‘s car.
The TikTok account owner confronted the man asking if he was seriously standing there to reserve the spot. The man told her to find another parking spot as his car is on its way to him at the moment. He also told her his car was there half an hour ago.
She pointed out to him that his car wasn’t even there yet, so he had no right to “chop” the spot. She added that she too wanted to go to Matta Fair, just like him, and his behaviour wasn’t fair.
He then told her to not make this a big deal and go find another parking space to which she snapped and said that it was indeed a big deal and everyone is looking for parking legally, unlike him.
He then laughed her off. She then also questioned his action of warding off the Honda car in front of her and told him that even if it wasn’t her, the Honda car should’ve got that parking spot.
The woman who was seen with the man then started to flee the situation out of embarrassment. No doubt the man in the video certainly looked embarrassed by his act, but he stood his ground with a stern face anyway.
Netizens even felt secondhand embarrassment for the man
Netizens in the TikTok comment section went wild. A lot of them agree that it’s not fair to reserve or hog a parking space as not only is it illegal but it is a selfish act that troubles other people.
Some even said that they can feel his humiliation.
It’s a crime under The Road Transport Act
Car park hogging or “chop” parking is indeed illegal in Malaysia, according to the Road Transport Act.
Anyone who is seen reserving (placing chairs/motos/cones/flower pots/hanging clothes, standing on parking spaces and so on) parking spaces is an offence under Section 50 (3) of the Road Transport Act 1987.
The punishment for these parking offenders is set under Section 119 which carries a penalty of no more than RM2,000 or imprisonment of no more than six months for the first offence and a fine of up to RM4,000 or imprisonment of no more than 12 months for subsequent offences.
Here’s what you should do if something like this happens to you too
The public actually has a few ways to make a report to the JPJ (with a photo or video evidence):
- Sending a message with any details you have to 011-5111 5252 over WhatsApp
- Sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Calling 03-8886-6412
The evidence should include the following:
- Your contact details (including your NRIC)
- The location
- The date and time
- The license plate
- The details of what happened