Malaysia woman in viral 'steering lock' video jailed for contempt of court

PETALING JAYA - The woman who allegedly wielded a steering lock in a viral video involving a Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) enforcement officer was sentenced to two weeks in jail by a magistrate's court here for contempt of court.

Magistrate Nurulhuda Zakariya passed the sentence against 43-year-old accountant Liew Yoke Peng after the charge was read out to her.

Nurulhuda ordered the sentence to start on Monday at the Kajang women's prison.

Liew was charged with contempt of court for shouting and disobeying the magistrate's order to keep quiet during court proceedings.

The court held Liew in contempt after she raised her voice in defiance of the magistrate until a policewoman tried to calm her down.

Instead of behaving, the accused bit the policewoman's arm, causing a button on the uniform to fall off.

The proceeding, which started in the morning, had to be postponed in the afternoon as the accused was uncontrollable.

She had committed the offence at a magistrate's court here at 11.35am.

Before passing the sentence, Nurulhuda advised the accused to be professional and respect the rules of the court.

"Everybody in this courtroom is doing their job including me and the police officers. You cannot simply insult us," she said.

Prior to the contempt proceeding, Liew was accused of obstructing a MPSJ enforcement officer from discharging his duties at a parking area in Bandar Puteri Puchong at 1pm on Sept 6.

The charge under Section 186 of the Penal Code carries a maximum two-year jail sentence, a fine up to RM10,000 (S$3,200) or both, if convicted.

Liew who was unrepresented, pleaded not guilty and claimed trial.

In the video, the woman screamed at the officer, saying that she had to illegally park at the spot because she had to buy food for her husband as he is disabled.

DPP Abu Arsalnaa Zainal Abidin offered bail at RM7,000 in one surety and asked for the court to order the accused to report to the police station monthly and to surrender her passport to the court.

The court fixed bail at RM4,000 in one surety and allowed the conditions requested by the prosecution.

The case is set for mention on Nov 24.

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