We were only chatting, says two men in car

No loitering: The area around Kota Baru airport where the two men were summoned.

(The Star) – The two men in Kota Baru who were issued summonses for indecent behaviour insist they were only chatting inside a car.

The men claimed a Kota Baru Municipal Council officer had demanded money from them so the matter could be resolved, reported Sin Chew Daily.

Dubious document: The summons issued to the two men. Dubious document: The summons issued to the two men.

One of the men’s relatives claimed at a press conference that the officer had asked RM500 for “settlement” before reducing it to RM200.

The relative, who declined to be named, alleged that the officer only decided to issue them with summonses when the two men, aged 27 and 43, refused to pay him.

It was earlier reported the council had issued summonses to the two non-Muslim men for allegedly embracing each other in a car parked near the Sultan Ismail Petra Airport at midnight on Oct 31.

The duo claimed they were watching planes land in the night when they were approached.

The relative said the two men would not pay the fine even if it was reduced to 10sen.

He hoped the council would investigate the matter for corruption and abuse of power.

The other summonses were issued to a 17-year-old teenager for allegedly giving a piggy-back ride to his 15 year-old girlfriend while jogging at Taman Tunku Anis at about 5.30pm on Oct 20.

PAS Supporters Congress has produced copies of the summons and claimed the officer involved had no power to issue it.

Congress adviser Jeff Lee Weng Chun said the officer was an administrative assistant who had abused his power.