Sunday, June 11, 2006

"I'll settle them on Monday" (11 unpaid traffic fines)

PM issued 11 traffic tickets

By Kuala Lumpur

June 11, 2006 02:45pm

Article from: Reuters

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THE long arm of Malaysian law has finally caught up with Malaysia's speeding prime minister – and handed him 11 unpaid traffic fines.

Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, a devout Muslim on a political mission to fight corruption, told local media yesterday he hadn't been aware of his 1000 ringgit ($363) bill for traffic offences until the deputy chief of police told him earlier that day.

"I was informed about it just now...," Abdullah was quoted as telling reporters. "I'll settle all of them on Monday."

The fines were delivered by post and applied to several cars owned by the prime minister, who is usually driven around in official convoys with police escorts.

Five were issued for speeding, four for traffic obstruction and two for parking on the wrong side of the road, the New Straits Times newspaper said.