Complaint on police check unwarranted, says Sentul OCPD

KUALA LUMPUR: A random police check in Jinjang, which became the subject of a viral complaint, was a routine part of crime prevention efforts, says Asst Comm Beh Eng Lai (pic).

The Sentul OCPD said the viral message was a screenshot of a text message purportedly sent to the Inspector-General of Police.

"The individual (making the complaint) was dissatisfied over being randomly checked by five policemen beside a restaurant in Jinjang.

"Investigations found that the incident occurred at about 10.30pm on Saturday (Dec 3).

"Police from the Jinjang police station were conducting crime prevention patrols when they saw four men at the side of the road," he said in a statement on Sunday (Dec 4), adding that the complaint was unwarranted.

When police approached, the four men got into their respective cars, he added.

"After introducing themselves, the policemen asked for their MyKad to check if they had any criminal records.

"One of the four told them to talk to his lawyer and the policemen explained why the checks were being conducted."

ACP Beh said after the checks were completed, all four men were allowed to leave the area.

"We did not find any offence being committed.

"We stress that checks on suspicious individuals or vehicles are part of our core duty to ensure public safety and security," he said, adding that police carry out their duties in a fair manner with no consideration of race.

"We advise the public not to make any speculation that could tarnish the image and honour of the police force," he said.

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