JOHOR BARU: The two policemen alleged to have received cash from the public in a viral video were merely accepting water from them, says Comm Datuk Kamarul Zaman Mamat.
He said the incident is believed to have happened on Sept 3 in Kulai when the two policemen patrolled the area during the Hungry Ghost Festival.
"The two policemen stopped to ask why there were many people in the area to the two men seen in the video.
"In the video, the two policemen could be seen receiving something from the men, and people are assuming that it was money, but it was just boxed water," he said.
He said this in a press conference after handing over the Pingat Jasa Pahlwan awards to 92 recipients.
Comm Kamarul Zaman said the police received two reports about the incident on Wednesday (Sept 21).
"We have taken statements from the two policemen and the other men in the video.
"We will continue to investigate the matter further to ensure no wrongdoings. We will also investigate the people who recorded and distributed the video," he said.
Comm Kamarul Zaman said that such a video could tarnish the reputation of the Johor police force.
"We will come out with WhatsApp and TikTok accounts that the public could use to share any information, including such incidents, directly to us," he said.
In a 39-second video that has made rounds on social media, the two policemen in a patrol car could be seen talking and later receiving something from one of the two men.