Cops: We have identified suspects in Second Link road rage incident


JOHOR BARU: The suspects involved in the road rage incident at the Second Link here recently have been identified, say police.

Iskandar Puteri OCPD Asst Comm Rahmat Ariffin said the two suspects are believed to be Singaporeans.

“Yes, we have identified the suspects and based on initial investigations, we believe that they are Singaporeans.

“The case is still under investigation. We are also working with our counterparts in Singapore to find the two suspects,” he told The Star.

He said it was believed that the two had returned to the island republic.

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Earlier, ACP Rahmat said police were tracking down the two suspects in the road rage incident that took place near the Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) complex at the Second Link on Saturday morning (July 9).

“During the incident, the victims, who were in a multi-purpose vehicle (MPV), scraped the suspects’ car while changing lanes.

“The suspects, who were in a red sedan car, stopped their vehicle. Two people, a man and a woman, got out.

“The man then shouted vulgar words and made obscene gestures at the victims while the woman yanked off the victims’ car plate before throwing it towards the windscreen of the car,” he said.

ACP Rahmat said that no one was hurt in the incident and that the case was being investigated under Section 427 of the Penal Code for committing mischief.

Meanwhile, one of the suspects had apparently spoken to a Singapore Chinese daily, giving her side of the story.

According to the report, the woman in the video had contacted the daily on Sunday night (July 10), saying that the videos being circulated did not paint the full picture of the situation at the scene.

The woman, who was not named, claimed that the driver of the MPV had provoked her and her son first when they were on their way to Malaysia to meet some relatives.

She said the MPV behind them was trying to cut the queue but her son, who was driving at that time, was reluctant to give way as he noticed that the vehicle had cut in the line earlier.

She claimed that the driver still insisted on cutting in, causing her car to be scraped.

When she and her son went to check on the condition of their car, the man in the other vehicle shouted profanities at them and even challenged her son to a fight.

The woman said she then tried to talk to the driver but the man refused to listen to her, prompting her to stand in front of the MPV.

She said the vehicle continued to move even though she was standing right in front of it and she sustained bruises on her knees.

She said she pulled off its licence plate and threw it at the windscreen because she was in pain and angry.

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