THE police are standing by a summons they issued to a lorry driver in Kuching for wearing slippers while driving a heavy vehicle.
Metro Ahad quoted Sarawak traffic officer-in-charge Deputy Supt Alexson Naga as saying that the move was to protect road users.
A photo of the pakaian tidak kemas - pakai selipar (inappropriate attire - wearing slippers) summons went viral on Facebook.
It led to postings which reflected public dissatisfaction with the police for issuing such a summons.
Many criticised the police for being "irrational" and accused them of trying to make easy money.
DSP Alexson confirmed the summons was issued to the driver, who is in his 30s, at Jalan Kuching, Serian, last Wednesday for not adhering to the dress code while handling a heavy vehicle.
"Wearing slippers while handling a machine can cause danger to other road users. This is to teach the driver a lesson so that he will always respect the rules," he said.
The summons was issued under the Road Transport Act and the driver was given a compound of RM150 (S$54) that must be settled within three months. An arrest warrant will be issued if he fails to do so.