By Balqis Jazimah Zahari
IPOH: An internal police investigation regarding the allegation that a senior police officer at the Ipoh District Police Headquarters refused to accept a report that went viral on social media recently found that the individual involved was believed to have come not because he wanted to make a police report.
Ipoh District Police Chief, Assistant Commissioner Yahaya Hassan said, instead, he only wanted to get advice on the act of taking down posters advertising moneylenders.
“The individual came to the Central Police Station and introduced himself as a representative of a non-governmental organization (NGO) with the aim of seeking advice from the police regarding the act of taking down posters advertising moneylenders around the city of Ipoh.
“For information, the complainant did not meet a senior police officer as he claimed and only sought advice from a police officer who was on duty at the police station.
“After receiving advice from the police officer, the complainant continued to leave without informing about making any police report. In this matter, the issue of the police refusing to accept a police report from the complainant does not exist at all,” he said in a statement here.
Yahaya said that in connection with the issue, a police report was received and the case was investigated under Section 500 of the Penal Code (defamation) and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 (improper use of network facilities and or network services).
He said, the initial investigation by the police found that the complainant admitted that he misunderstood the advice he received from the police officer and made the mistake of uploading the video on Tiktok social media.
“The complainant has also deleted the video from his tiktok account yesterday after realizing the mistake. With this, the police would like to advise the public not to abuse the network and social media facilities arbitrarily so as to affect the credibility of the police or cause annoyance among community members.
“The police will take strict action against any irresponsible party who commits such an offence, based on the laws currently in force in this country,” he said.