Kuching senior claims recycling centre’s closing time made her drive against traffic


Merbin speaks to the media. — Photo by Roystein Emmor

KUCHING (May 17): Police arrested a 75-year-old driver on Sunday for allegedly driving against the flow of traffic at Jalan Kwong Lee Bank in Pending, near the Tanah Puteh Health Clinic on Friday (May 13).

Kuching deputy police chief Supt Merbin Lisa said Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department personnel made the arrest.

“The police managed to seized the suspect’s vehicle in Pending area on May 14, 2022.

“The suspect later came to IPD Kuching to facilitate the investigation and was arrested to assist in the investigation,” he said told reporters after the monthly police parade today.

According to him, the septuagenarian told police she drove the vehicle against the flow of the traffic as she was in a hurry to send used goods to a recycling centre nearby.

“As the recycling centre was expected to close in a short period of time and in addition to the traffic congestion, the suspect decided to drive against the flow of the traffic to the recycling centre,” he said.

Merbin said the senior citizen from Kuching was detained to assist with the investigation under Section 42 (1) of the Road Transport Act 1987 for driving reckless and dangerously.

After taking evidence from the suspect, he said the suspect was released on police bail and the case has been handed over to the deputy public prosecutor for further action.

A video of the incident had gone viral on social media.

In the video, a car can be seen moving against the flow of traffic and endangering road users.