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Open letter to MPS parking wardens: Stop issuing summonses

29th March, 2020


SANDAKAN: An irate town dweller whose vehicle was served with a summons for failing to display a parking coupon, has decided to write an open letter to all the Sandakan Municipal Council (MPS) parking wardens to vent his frustration.

“Here we are told by the government to stay home during the Movement Control Order (MCO) but our vehicles parked on the streets are issued summonses for not displaying a parking coupon,” he said.

He said as a result of this, many town residents were forced to step out from their home to look for parking in other locations where parking coupons were not required.

“We have to go out in the open without protection as the district is experiencing a shortage of face masks,” he lamented.

Many others like him had also been served with summonses for the parking offence under the parking by-law. Even motorists who parked their vehicles and rushed into supermarkets to purchase their daily necessities were given a ticket by the MPS parking wardens.

One supermarket owner described this as quite ridiculous as people were put in a spot where they had to buy their essential goods hurriedly from supermarkets and to, later find a parking summons on the windscreen when they return to their vehicles.

“The local authorities should have given some special consideration and show compassion at a time like this,” the supermarket owner pointed out.

The MPS had recently stated there would not be any parking fee exemption, as this was a measure to deter people coming to town during the MCO period.

Meanwhile, it was learnt the local authorities in other major towns, as well as Kota Kinabalu City Hall had stopped charging parking fees almost immediately after the MCO came into effect.

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