Heavy punishment?

Saw this at a playground:

PJ playground rules 1

The forbidden acts are:
(1) Vandalising plants
(2) Bringing dog
(3) Act of indecency
(4) Sunning laundry
(5) Vandalising public facilities
(6) Hawking
(7) Littering
(8) Cycling / Motorbiking

Ok, these sounds sensible except that personally I think (2) is not needed (this will need a separate post to explain, which I'm not going to do anyway). However, look at the possible punishment:

PJ playground rules 2

A fine not exceeding RM 2000 or jail for not more than 1 year or both. So the maximum possible punishment is RM 2000 plus 1 year of jail time.

Alright, which do you think is the most dangerous act among the 8 acts listed above? For me, it's motorbiking in the playground. Whatever you choose, do you think it deserves the maximum punishment? Even discounting the fine, does it deserve 1 year of jail time?

RM 2000 + 1 year in jail is disproportionately heavy for, say, merely motorbiking in a playground and not on the consequence of it. If the biker hit someone, surely there is a law that deals with that specifically?

So why such hefty punishment?
3 Responses
  1. William Says:

    Discretion of the judge lo.


  2. Jaded Jeremy Says:

    William,
    I know that lah and that's not the point. The point is why such heavy maximum punishment when no act (among the list) deserves it?


  3. Anonymous Says:

    I agree, the punishment is too harsh for the infractions.