MALAYSIA: Subang Jaya magistrate’s court imposed a fine of RM100 (approximately US$21) on an Australian man for urinating on a pillar in the parking lot of a shopping mall in Subang Jaya on 16 November.
The accused, 32 years old, pleaded guilty to the charges read in English before Magistrate Sasha Diana on Saturday.
The incident came to light when a video of him urinating in the basement parking lot of a shopping mall went viral, capturing the attention of a Malaysian woman who was feeding stray animals at the scene.
When confronted, the man admitted to noticing the restroom on his way out but chose to ignore the woman, casually walking to his car and leaving the scene, as reported by World Of Buzz.
On Tuesday (21 November), the Subang Jaya police released a statement, announcing their search for the man.
According to the charges, the accused was accused of behaving indecently in public with the intent to provoke anger and disturb the peace.
The offense occurred at the USJ 10 City Mall parking lot at 10.51 pm on 16 November and gained traction on social media.
Based on a report by Free Malaysia Today, the accused, who arrived from Australia on 13 November to visit his relatives, is charged under Section 14 of the Minor Offences Act 1955 (Act 336), with a maximum fine of RM100 if convicted.
On the day the police issued a search announcement for the man, he willingly turned himself in at the Subang Jaya police station at approximately 11.15 am.
Subsequent investigations indicated no previous criminal records.
According to the accused’s lawyer, R Morhaneraj, the accused felt compelled to urinate in the parking area as he couldn’t hold it until reaching a restroom during the incident.
Morhaneraj further stated that although his client’s actions were regrettable, he was unaware that the incident was being recorded.
“The accused learned a lesson from the incident and vowed not to repeat it in the future.”
Deputy Public Prosecutor Annur Athirah Amran requested the court to impose the maximum penalty.
The accused was also reminded to observe proper conduct while in a foreign country.
Sasha Diana then imposed a fine of RM100 on the accused, with an additional one-day jail sentence in case of non-payment.
The accused promptly settled the fine.
Sylvia Lim refutes PAP MP’s claims over her speech on supporting young senior
Asia Centre hosts regional meeting on digital rights
Airbus issues apology after Chinese & Russian visitors allegedly denied entry from military plane at Singapore Airshow
Hamas extends condolences for tragic self-immolation of US Airman Aaron Bushnell
Dennis Tan: Advocating senior support, disabilities, and green transition in Budget 2024
South Africa faces escalating rhino poaching despite conservation efforts
Halimah Yacob speaks out on Gaza crisis: ‘Degradation of the human soul’
Love Aid Singapore donates US$20,000 to support Gaza orphans
WP MPs challenge Murali Pillai on government transparency regarding reserves
ICA to maintain dedicated lanes for Singaporeans and permanent residents
South Korea gives protesting doctors 29 Feb return deadline
Maid probed over alleged fatal abuse of employer’s dog; SPCA deems actions “brutal” and “appalling”
Politics5 days ago
Leong Mun Wai steps down as PSP Secretary-General over POFMA directive received
Singapore4 days ago
Gilbert Goh challenges MOE on Israel-Hamas classroom narrative
Featured2 weeks ago
PA surveys community & govt confidence amid pending general election
Comments2 weeks ago
PAP Marcus Loh accuses WP’s MP of alleged dishonesty on debate about reserves
Civil Society2 weeks ago
Singaporeans stand firm in support for Palestine amidst police scrutiny
Singapore1 week ago
Kenneth Jeyaretnam issued 6th POFMA direction over Ridout Road saga
Civil Society2 weeks ago
At least 9 individuals summoned by police over Palestine solidarity activities on 2 Feb
Politics1 week ago
Lim Tean mocks DPM Wong’s 2024 Budget as “band-aid”, hints election coming