No UTK officers involved in the alleged assault of reporters, say police

PETALING JAYA: There were no Special Action Unit (UTK) officers involved in the alleged attack on reporters during a Perikatan Nasional event in Kelantan.

Police secretary Deputy Comm Datuk Noorsiah Mohd Saaduddin said the police had investigated the incident and they could confirm that there were no UTK officers involved.

"Investigations are still ongoing to identify the individuals involved in the incident.

"Stern action will be taken if investigations confirm that there were violations of code of ethics and the code of conduct by any officers while carrying out their duties at the event," said Noorsiah in a statement on Sunday (July 3).

Noorsiah said the police always appreciate the efforts of media personnel, as the media also has a duty on spreading information to the society to fight crime.

"Close relations between media personnel and the police will be maintained so that the community will get accurate information from credible sources," added Noorsiah.

On Saturday (July 2), it was reported that three journalists were allegedly assaulted by UTK officers or bodyguards during the launch of Perikatan Nasional in Kelantan.

Media advocacy group Gerakan Media Merdeka (Geramm) said a male journalist claimed he was slapped in the stomach while another female journalist claimed she was grabbed by the neck.

The third journalist, said Geramm, was roughly shoved aside to stop them from approaching a few Perikatan leaders.

Geramm had said the journalists were attacked near the stage steps as they tried to take pictures of the launch gimmick, which was attended by Perikatan chairman Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and two senior Bersatu leaders - Datuk Dr Mohd Radzi Jidin and Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed - among others.

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