Man detained for posing as senior cop in bid to get inter-state travel permit

PETALING JAYA: A 65-year-old man was detained for allegedly posing as a senior policeman in a bid to secure an inter-state travel permit.

Petaling Jaya OCPD Asst Comm Mohamad Fakhrudin Abdul Hamid said the man had gone to the Petaling Jaya police station at about 9pm on Friday (May 7).

"Wanting to secure the permit, the man claimed he was a police officer with the rank of ACP with a 'Datuk' title. He even showed a photo of him in uniform stored on his mobile phone.

"However, he failed to show other proof that he was a senior policeman," he said when contacted Sunday (May 9).

The suspect was subsequently detained as he failed to show an authority card after claiming to be a senior policeman, he added.

"He was also remanded for a day and we are investigating the matter under Section 170 of the Penal Code," he said.

ACP Mohamad Fakhrudin said the offence of posing as a civil servant is a serious offence.

"We will take stern action on those who falsified documents to secure inter-state travel permits. We hope the public can adhere to Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOP) so that the spread of the virus can be curbed," he said.

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