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Woman Whose Car Was Clamped While 'VIP' Car In Front Is Untouched Vents Anger On Twitter, Accuses DBKL Of Discrimination

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It's a daily occurence in the busy streets of Kuala Lumpur where finding a parking spot is a challenge.

Many still try their luck by leaving their cars in no-parking zones and pay the price of having their vehicle clamped, which the motorist only have themselves to blame.

However, what got this woman driver really angry was that fact that not all motorists who break the law are punished equally.

A woman named Winnie took to Twitter recently after she found her car clamped by Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL), and discovered to her surpise the car in front got away scot free.

"My car got clamped for illegal parking. Fine. But this VIP car who's there before me, also illegally parked, unharmed?" she vented her frustration on Twitter.

The post soon went viral, being retweeted over 22,000 times.

She went on to recount how as she was having her car unclamped, she noticed several DBKL officers doing their rounds but still the luxury car parked in front with what she described as a police VIP logo was untouched.

She even asked the person who came to unclamp her car why the car in front was not affected only to get the answer, "I am only tasked with unclamping vehicles. This is not discrimination as it is standard practice that if the driver of the vehicle is nearby, officers will normally not clamp the car".

Winnie continued her Twitter tirade after her car was unclamped as she found the person's answer less than satifactory, describing how she was asked to send them an email if she wants more clarification.

The irate driver continued to vent her frustration by sharing a photo of the driver of the 'VIP' car having his drink nearby and afterwards, hurriedly getting into the car to drive away when the commotion ensued.

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Winnie's viral tweet even caught the attention of former IGP Tan Sri Musa Hassan who helpfully pointed out that the logo on the car was not an official VIP or police logo.

"It's not a PDRM VIP, it's a Retired Police Officers Association car badge and can be bought by anyone when they give donations to the Assoc.," Tan Sri Musa tweeted.

His explanation soon caught on with other netizens jokingly asking where they can also donate to the police and get this badge to avoid traffic offences to which Tan Sri Musa patiently replied.

"I am not a member of the Association. Contact PDRM for details. The badge is not means for you to escape summons for traffic offences," he explained.

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According to Harian Metro, DBKL deputy enforcement director, Nasarudin Daharun when informed of the incident said that the woman's allegations will be investigated.

"We will have to follow up on this to see if the car was clamped by the council's traffic division or by those on duty hired by the parking concession operator under Yayasan Wilayah," he said.

- mD