Malaysian police have condemned people who stand in parking lots to reserve the space, saying the behaviour is illegal and inconsiderate.
In a Facebook post, the Royal Malaysia Police confirmed offenders can get up to six months’ jail or a 2,000 ringgit (US$485) fine.
The penalty is higher with each subsequent offence.
Some Malaysians physically stand in parking lots to reserve them for the cars of friends and families, preventing other vehicles from parking. This often leads to arguments and fights, sometimes documented on social media.
The Facebook post added that Malaysia is not the only country where people exhibit such behaviour.
Police said that this behaviour is illegal, as it interferes unnecessarily with drivers’ ability to park and drive. Only the authorities can direct drivers to park, and reserve parking spots.