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Bangladeshi man arrested for reckless driving in Malaysia sparks outrage online

Online fury erupted after a Bangladeshi man was arrested in Malaysia for driving against traffic flow. The viral incident ignited calls for action and raised questions about foreign drivers’ conduct.



MALAYSIA: A Bangladeshi man was arrested on 10 February in Kota Tinggi, Johor, for driving against traffic flow.

The viral video of the incident led to his apprehension a few hours later.

The video showed the man driving a white Nissan Almera against traffic on Km 26.5, Jalan Johor Baru-Mersing, endangering other road users.

Kota Tinggi district police chief Superintendent Hussin Zamora stated that the 43-year-old suspect was apprehended at 3.15 pm at the Kota Tinggi bus station.

He was then taken to the district police headquarters for investigation.

Initial urine tests for drugs returned negative, and the vehicle had no prior criminal record.

The case is under investigation under Section 42 (1) of the Road Transport Act 1987 for reckless driving, carrying a maximum five-year jail term and a fine of up to RM15,000 (approximately US$3,150) upon conviction.

The incident has ignited fury among internet users.

Commenters on the post, circulated on X, are calling for authorities to take decisive action against the individual and have them repatriated.

One netizen questioned how foreigners and refugees can drive cars in Malaysia and remain so relaxed, seemingly evading authorities.

Another suggests that those driving against traffic should face charges of attempted murder.

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