COMMENT | On April 26, a vehicle owner told the motorcyclist who had crashed into the front of her silver Kia Picanto, that she would lodge a police report. The 27-year-old woman, who is also five months pregnant, was taking her sister to work, at a factory near the Free Industrial Zone in Bayan Lepas, Penang, when the accident happened.
On hearing the words "police report", the 31-year-old man ran amok. When he failed to dissuade her from making the report, he set about smashing her car, and windscreen, with a hammer and his crash helmet.
Making a police report is standard procedure when one is involved in an accident and would like to make an insurance claim. If the video on this, which went viral, is anything to go by, the pregnant woman had not provoked him.
Some people claimed, that the woman was in the wrong. How did they know? Were they there? Whatever the real reasons for the crash, we may never know but it would be true to say that the man's reaction, and the smashing of the woman's car, were not warranted. Neither are these explainable or justified.
The police were quick on the mark, and when the motorcyclist was eventually arrested, at his home in Bukit Kecil, they revealed that he had five previous convictions, three of which involved drugs. He did not possess a driving licence, nor had he paid his road tax. The chances are that his vehicle was not insured. He also tested positive for morphine...