Video of hawker fighting DBKL officer goes viral
A YouTube video showing footage of a female hawker fighting with Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) officers has gone viral on social media.
In the three-minute video, the hawker of an unlicensed drinks stall in Taman Tasik Permaisuri, Cheras, was seen acting aggressively towards DBKL officers who tried to confiscate her items.
The council’s corporate planning manager, Dr Ismail Stapa, said the incident, which took place on Saturday, was not uncommon, but had occurred on a regular basis when officers conducted their duties.
“The lake is a recreational area and is frequently visited by the public, especially on public holidays and weekends. For now, there are six licensed hawkers operating there.
“However, due to the high number of visitors, unlicensed hawkers, as many as 19 of them, start operating in the area as well.”
He added that action had been repeatedly taken on the illegal stalls, but to no avail.
“From January to August this year alone, we had issued 38 notices to these hawkers for operating without licences, and 3,505 notices for traffic offences caused by them.”
Ismail said on Sept 16, the council had issued eight notices to eight unlicensed operators in the area.
A follow-up visit was carried out at 5.45pm on Saturday. While eight other operators complied with the council officers’ directives, the woman in the video refused to.
“There were 15 operators there, and nine of them were unlicensed operators. The confiscation process went smoothly until we got to this particular woman.
“She would not comply with the officers. Instead, she reacted aggressively and obstructed the officers from carrying out their duties.
“The officers were very patient with her. She started pulling at one the female officers’ headscarves and did not let go until it came off,” he said.
This altercation can be seen in the video.
Ismail said although the council had lodged a police report regarding the incident, they decided not to take any action against the woman to avoid further tension.
“Resistance is normal, but our officers have been instructed to follow standard operating procedures in any type of situation, even one like this.”
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