13yo Boy Seen Driving A Car In Johor With An Adult Male, Guardian Faces Hefty Penalty

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Recently, a photo of a 13-year-old boy driving a car with a man seated beside him shocked netizens and went viral online.

The photo quickly caught widespread attention, leading to a police investigation that revealed the adult man is the boy’s guardian.

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The event occurred at around 5:30 PM on a Sunday evening at Taman Perling, a recreational park in Johor Bahru, where the guardian was teaching the young boy how to drive.

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Guardian Faces Hefty Charges

The Johor Bahru South Police District was alerted to the situation after the photo was shared on the Facebook group “JB TRACER II: Johor Bahru Traffic, Crime & Community Service Report 2” around noon yesterday.

Under the leadership of Assistant Commissioner Rabu, the police confirmed the authenticity of the viral photo and the details of the incident.

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The investigation is proceeding under Section 31(1)(a) of the Child Act 2001, which addresses neglect and the act of exposing a child to potential physical harm. The guardian faces a hefty penalty if convicted, including a fine up to RM50,000, up to 20 years in prison, or both.

Additionally, the guardian could face charges under Section 39(5) of the Road Transport Act 1987, risking a fine not exceeding RM2,000, up to six months in prison, or both. This incident has sparked a widespread conversation on child safety and the responsibilities of guardians, underscoring the importance of protecting minors from harm.

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