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SEA Games bus driver suspected of stealing watch

PETALING JAYA: An investigation into a stolen watch led police to a SEA Games bus driver who was found without a licence.

The probe into the stolen watch began after a report was made by a member of the Malaysian women's football team at about 10pm on Thursday.

"Investigations showed that a 27-year-old bus driver was thought to have taken it.

"Police found the watch in the bus that he was driving. He was also the bus driver for the Myanmar team," said Shah Alam OCPD Asst Comm Shafien Mamat.

Further investigations into the case showed an interesting find.

"The suspect was found to not have a licence (to drive). He will be remanded until Aug 20," said ACP Shafien.

The Malaysia Organising Committee (Masoc) for Kuala Lumpur 2017 said it would give its full cooperation to the police or other authorities to ensure that appropriate actions be taken.

“Masoc also wished to emphasise that it will not compromise on security matters with respect to KL2017,  particularly with regards to the security and safety of the contingents,” it said in a statement.

It added that the committee had issued “strict warnings” to contractors and transport operators to tighten the screening processes, as well as to re-screen personnel for criminal records.

“Masoc will not hesitate to take action against them, including immediate termination of their contracts, if they fail to comply with this instruction,” it said.

The bus driver is being investigated under Section 26 (1) of the Road Transport Act 1987, for driving without a license and Section 379 of the Penal Code for theft.

Malaysia's women's football team lost 0-5 to Myanmar on Thursday.