PETALING JAYA MP Lee Chean Chung has urged the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) to explain the actions of its officers who had allegedly treated a senior citizen roughly during a dog catching operation at Jalan 18/17 in Taman Kanagapuram.
Senior citizen Patrick Khoo, 69, who owns and manages a lubricant oil supply company claimed the dog catcher had swiped the dog-catching loop he was holding against the left side of his (Khoo's) face, when a tussle broke out during the incident at about 9pm on March 22.
This had resulted in Khoo suffering pain until now.
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CCTV recordings of the incident have since gone viral on social media.
Khoo had also lodged a police report at the Brickfields district police headquarters on Friday (March 24).
In a statement, Lee said that the Petaling Jaya parliamentary office takes this incident seriously as it involves the actions of trusted officers from MBPJ.
“We have issued an official letter to the council’s Integrity Unit to explain the actions of their officers regarding this case.
“This office is also seeking a clarification on the standard operating procedures used by MBPJ when conducting dog catching operations.
“This includes the procedure that has to be followed by the officers involved during an operation,” he said.
“This office hopes that a detailed investigation will be carried out by the Integrity Unit and that this situation does not repeat itself in the future,” he said.
In regards to the incident, MBPJ has also issued a statement to say it has taken note of the spread of the incident on social media.
It added an internal investigation committee has been established and the case is now under investigation.
“MBPJ would like to emphasise that it will not compromise as well as protect any staff if it is true and proven that they have done wrong,” it added.
It also urged the public to be the eyes and ears of the council by channelling complaints to their official channel at www.mbpj.gov.my, email email@example.com, complaint hotline 03-7954 2020, WhatsApp (011-1201 7914), Facebook-MBPJ Aduan or eAduan MBPJ app.