An incident from Malaysia gained attention, where a Chinese national damaged a woman’s car and threatened to kill her when she declined to move her vehicle from a public car park in Seang Tek Road, George Town, Penang.
Driver, Sia Joo Yee, 38, was about to alight from her car after parking when Sun Xiang Hwa, 56, approached Sia and said that she could not park there.
Sia told Sun it was a Penang Island City Council parking area and she had already scratched a parking coupon for an hour.
Sun, who is married to a Malaysian and works at a nearby massage parlour, then attempted to open the door of Sia’s car.
Sia locked herself in the vehicle from fear.
After threatening to hit Sia’s vehicle and kill her, Sun damaged the car with a key and kicked both the right doors, causing damages.
Sun, from Fujian Province who has been living in Malaysia for 17 years, was recently fined RM1,000 for vandalising Sia’s car and RM2,500 for criminally frightening her.
She pleaded guilty in a magistrate’s court with committing the offenses at around 2.40 pm on December 26, 2015.
Sun, who was unrepresented, was charged under sections 427 and 506 of the Penal Code with damaging Sia’s vehicle and threatening to kill her. The offenses bring jail sentences of up to 2 and 7 years or a fine, or both. Sia suffered a loss of more than RM100 in damage to her automobile.
In mitigation, Sun informed magistrate Catherine Nicholas that she was outraged by Sia who attempted to take her picture when she approached Sia to move her vehicle.
She pleaded for a light sentence, adding that she needed to care for her husband who is a stroke patient.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Nurul Izzah Shaharuddin advised the court to enforce a suitable sentence, stating that the case was of public interest and to prevent others from behaving similarly.
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