Priority is receiving report, not complainant's attire, says Penang police chief


Photo: LIM BENG TATT/The Star

NIBONG TEBAL: Penang police affirmed that their top priority is receiving the report from any complainant, not whether their attire is appropriate while lodging the report.

Penang police chief Datuk Khaw Kok Chin (pic) said this while commenting on the media report of a man claiming that a policeman told him to change into long pants before he could lodge a report.

Khaw said the department investigated the incident and would take appropriate action against the personnel involved.

"Penang police are always ready to serve the community and those who come to the police station seeking help."

"The priority is to receive a police report and take immediate action to help a victim, not judging their attire when they lodge a police report," he told Bernama on Saturday (Dec 9).

Khaw said that based on a review, the incident involved a Police Volunteer Reserve on duty at the police station's guard post.

"The personnel then referred to his supervisor, a member of the Royal Malaysian Police who was on duty at the time. We are conducting further investigations and will take appropriate action," he said.

It was reported that the 34-year-old complainant was dining at a hawker centre in Bukit Tambun with his family before finding his car window smashed on Thursday night (Dec 7).

The victim claimed that he rushed to the Simpang Ampat police station to lodge a report. However, a police officer at the station told him to change into trousers before entering. He and his family then returned to the crime scene to asses what was missing before the police arrived.

After relating the incident to the police, the man was urged to go to the Bukit Tambun police station to lodge a report instead.

The victim claimed to have lost RM800 in cash and his wife's Chinese passport in the break-in.– BERNAMA

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