Man nabbed over road rage incident on NSE

JOHOR BARU: Police have arrested a man in Genting Highlands, Pahang, to help with an investigation into a road rage incident at KM139.6 along the North-South Expressway (NSE).

Johor police chief Comm M. Kumar said a team from the Criminal Investigation Department arrested the suspect, who is in his 40s, at 3.30am yesterday.

“They also seized a car,” he said in a statement, adding that the suspect has been remanded for three days until Feb 14.

Comm Kumar said the case is being investigated under Section 427 of the Penal Code for causing mischief, which carries a prison sentence of between one and five years and a fine, or both, if convicted.

“We urge the public not to make any assumptions, which could disrupt the investigation. All road users are also advised to be patient and considerate to ensure safety, particularly during the holiday season,” he added.

Earlier, the police were searching for the owner of a car registered in Singapore after allegedly breaking the window of another vehicle at KM139.6 along the NSE.

Comm Kumar had said a report was made at 2.36pm on Saturday after a 54-second video of the incident went viral on social media.

“Initial investigation found that it was triggered by the victim’s action of blocking the suspect’s vehicle while passing through the emergency lane along the highway. This prompted the suspect to exit his vehicle and break the rear window of the victim’s car,” he said.

On a separate matter, a state exco member said 2,169 dengue cases have been reported throughout Johor in the sixth epidemiological week, which is a worrying spike.

State health and unity committee chairman Ling Tian Soon said the figure shows an increase of 154% compared to the same period of last year’s reported cases, which was 855 cases.

He added from the reported cases, a total of 812 cases (37.4%) were reported from epidemic localities and 1,357 cases (62.6%) from non-epidemic localities.

“Johor Baru contributed 83.6% of the total number of cases followed by Kulai (5.6%), Kota Tinggi (3.1%), Batu Pahat (2.4%), Muar (1.7%), Kluang (1.2%), Pontian (1.0%), Tangkak (0.7%), Mersing (0.5%) while Segamat (0.2%),” he said in a statement here yesterday.

Ling also said the discovery of mosquito breeding places and places at risk shows that many are still not aware of the need to clean and destroy places at risk for mosquitoes.

He added enforcement activities carried out had already issued a total of 403 compounds totalling up to RM188,400, out of which 81% have been paid.

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