Some Malaysians do not deserve good things. Why? It’s because public facilities are subject to vandalism over and over again.
On 20 June, the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) has taken to its Facebook page to showcase a video where vandalism was done by a teenager on the escalator at Sri Rampai LRT station that was recently repaired.
The CCTV footage showed the teenager deliberately pressing the stop button on an escalator and quickly left the scene.
According to DBKL, the emergency button on the escalator is only be used in times of emergency. If the button is used indiscriminately, it can damage the escalator and eventually cause inconvenience to other users.
“We’re not sure what the teenager’s intentions are but what he did is considered vandalism,” the admin wrote.
In the comment section, netizens got heated up and express their anger toward the teenager for vandalising public property. Some even questioned why the teenager’s face was blurred in the CCTV footage.
Netizens also urged the authorities to take appropriate action against the teenager.
The public had been getting frustrated at the public facilities that always seemed to be out of service. Many also pointed out that some of these brand new facilities did not lasted a year or two.
Is vandalism a crime in Malaysia?
According to Section 427 of the Penal Code, one can be charged for causing damage through acts of mischief and this includes vandalism.
Whoever commits mischief and thereby causes loss or damage to the amount of twenty-five ringgit or upwards, shall be punished with imprisonment for a term of not less than one year and not more than five years or with a fine or with both.
We hope that Malaysians will start appreciating the public facilities and stop vandalising them, so other people can use them.