Cops get apology from 'Uncle Kentang' over RM10,000 compound issue

IPOH (Bernama): Social activist Kuan Chee Heng has apologised to the police after an alleged RM10,000 compound fine issued to a third party that he had highlighted on Facebook turned out to be false.

Ipoh OCPD Asst Comm A. Asmadi Abdul Aziz said the police had received a letter of apology from Kuan, better known as "Uncle Kentang", recently.

"He (Kuan) clarified that he received information from the mother of the individual who was said to have been issued the RM10,000 compound fine and hoped that the police could assist. But investigations found the claim to be untrue.

"The individual was only trying to dupe his mother to avoid sending her money," he said when met by reporters after attending the Ipoh district police headquarters’ 214th Police Day celebration here Monday (March 29).

The posting uploaded on Kuan’s Facebook was also shared on former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak's Facebook page and received much public attention.

In his post, Kuan had said the compound for flouting the conditional movement control order standard operating procedures (SOPs) was issued in Kampung Rapat here on March 14.

The posting claimed that an assistant cook was issued a RM10,000 compound after he stepped out of the back door of a restaurant for a smoke and that he could not send money to his mother allegedly because his salary was being deducted by the restaurant, which had settled the compound.

However, ACP Asmadi was reported to have said a check found no such compound was issued by the conditional MCO SOP inspection team in the district as claimed

He said that the police were keeping an open mind on the letter of apology but urged the public not to share matters that were untrue as this would impact badly on the police and affect their commitment to giving their best.

Earlier, he had handed over letters of appreciation to 184 recipients comprising police, members of the public and the media. - Bernama

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