Outriders in viral video transferred over misconduct

GEORGE TOWN: Two traffic policemen who turned outriders for an MP’s son here have been transferred to Grik in Perak, and Padang Besar in Perlis.

A police source said the duo, who hold the rank of corporal, were transferred to the Grik and Padang Besar police headquarters three weeks ago.

“Both of them have been transferred,” he said.

The source, however, said no action had been taken against the MP’s son yet as the investigation paper was still with the deputy public prosecutor’s office.

“We are still waiting for advice on the next course of action,” he said.

In a reply to Bukit Mertajam MP Steven Sim on Wednesday, Home Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin said the Penang police had opened disciplinary investigation papers against the two traffic policemen for escorting the MP’s son along Jalan Bukit Gambir in George Town.

He said action was taken against them under Rule 36 of the Public Officers (Conduct and Discipline) Regulations 1993.

On May 7, a 20-second video went viral showing the MP’s son driving while being escorted by two police outriders.

The video, which was uploaded on Facebook by a user named anwarazeez, showed a policeman appearing to stop an oncoming car intending to make a turn, allowing the vehicle to run the red light.

It also showed a car having the right of way abruptly braking, causing the vehicle behind it to stop suddenly to avoid a collision.

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