Haven't visited let alone updated this site for a year. Didn't expect it to still be around but to my surprise, it's still here and still get the odd visitor. Thanks for dropping by but just like Mr BR nowadays, finding time to update is difficult. Thanks again!
Friday, February 19, 2010
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Do you know that you can steal your own property? Theft is a common offence and usually understood to involve the taking of someone else's property without permission. The law however does not make a distinction between ownership and possession and theft is defined as dishonestly taking any movable property out of the possession of any person without that person's consent.
In law therefore, if I send my car to the workshop for it to repaired and then simply take it away without paying the repair charges, I am committing theft. The workshop has legal possession of the car at the time even though I have ownership. Therefore to remove it out of the possession of the workshop is theft.
It is not theft if I ask my friend to send the car to the workshop but instead he sells the car. He was in lawful possession of the car but by selling it, he is committing a criminal breach of trust. Similarly, if a person finds a diamond bracelet lying on a public road, by taking it he is not committing theft since it was not in anyone’s possession. If however, he simply keeps it without trying to find its owner or handing the bracelet to the police, he is committing criminal misappropriation of property.
Under the law, simple theft is punishable with imprisonment for up to 3 years. More serious forms of theft such as theft from a building or theft by a servant attract a more severe penalty which is imprisonment for up to 7 years.
Another aggravated form of theft is robbery. Robbery occurs when theft is accompanied by violence or threat of violence. The violence or threat must be in order to commit theft. If a thief pushes a person to the ground in order to take the victim's wallet, then that is robbery. If however he pickpockets the wallet from the victim but later kicked him "for fun", then that is not robbery because the violence was not inflicted to commit the theft. He can however still be charged for theft and causing hurt. Robbery is punishable with a maximum of 30 years' imprisonment and mandatory whipping. If a weapon is used, there is a minimum sentence of 7 years' imprisonment and 12 strokes of whipping. Incidentally a lot of people had gone into trouble for their aggressive tactics in debt collection. Remember that though you are entitled to be paid, you cannot "persuade" the debtor to make payment by force. Otherwise, instead of being paid, you have to pay a lawyer to defend you on a charge of extortion or robbery.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
After a really lengthy hiatus, I am ready to begin again for a second season. Think of this blog as American Idol or Akademi Fantasia. Those shows only last for 10 weeks or so and then zilch, nada! Just like those shows, I will (fingers crossed) post at least once a week until the end of the current season.The first post is tomorrow, so stay tuned!
Monday, April 21, 2008
So what is the deal with tinted glass on vehicles? The law requires that all glass and any transparent material fitted to a motor vehicle shall be maintained in such condition that it does not obscure the vision of the driver while the vehicle is being driven on a road. Under the law, a windscreen or window of a motor vehicle shall be deemed to be obscured if any curtain, blinds, stickers, any material or thing whatsoever whether similar or not are fixed to the windscreen or window whether or not such curtains, blinds, stickers, material or thing do in fact obscure the vision of the driver while the motor vehicle is being driven on a road. So take off those Awang Budiman stickers already.
The law also states that no tinted glass shall be used as part of or fitted to the windscreen or window of a motor vehicle except with the prior written permission of the Commissioner of Police or the Director of Land Transport. Now before you go running to apply for permission from the two chaps, it is worth noting that in 1981, permission was already given to all drivers to use or fix tinted glass (whether originally manufactured or retrofitted with plastic film or paint) provided that such tinted glass has a degree of light transmission of 70 % and above and supported by test report form the British or Japanese Institute of Standards. So there you go. Your car can look cool and be in compliance with the law.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
The law requires the driver involved in an accident whereby damage or injury is caused to any person, property, or animal to stop, and, if required so to do by any person having reasonable grounds for so requiring, give his name and address, and also the name and address of the owner and the identification marks of the vehicle.
If as a result of the accident, the driver has injured any other person on a road, whether by negligence or not, he must stop such vehicle and render such assistance to the injured person as he may be capable of rendering and as the injured person may need. An excuse that "blood will ruin my leather seat" is NOT acceptable.
The driver of the motor vehicle must also report the accident to a police station or to a police officer within 24 hours. Remember that a "runding luar" scenario will not absolve the driver from this obligation.
Can the vehicles involved be moved after the accident? If the accident causes loss of life or serous injury to persons or serious damage to property , then "no person shall, except with the authority of a police officer, move or otherwise interfere with any vehicle involved in the accident or any part of such vehicle or do any other act so as to destroy or alter any evidence of the accident". However the law allows for a vehicle or any part thereof may be moved so far as may be necessary to extricate persons or animals involved, prevent fire or prevent damage or obstruction to the public.
So there you go. If it is just a minor fender bender (langgar belakang), please move your car and don't block the road whilst waiting for the Police. We will still menyibok and stare but at least we can drive through eventually.