KUALA LUMPUR: A woman claimed she was harassed by a police officer who contacted her via WhatsApp after obtaining her number from an interstate travel permit letter she had applied to accompany her husband to the hospital.
Sharing her experience on Twitter, Malissa posted a screenshot of the conversation, where the police officer asked about her occupation and whether she was a Johorean.
“How do you expect us to trust the police? I went to the police station to get a permit, but he took my number for unnecessary matters.What is his motive?”
She also wrote that she has lodged a report with the Police Integrity and Standard Department (JIPS) and uploaded the conversation on Twitter to raise public awareness. Her post has since garnered 10.7K retweets, 1.3K quote tweets and 13.5k likes.
Wangsa Maju District Police Chief Superintendent Ashari Abu Samah said police were alerted of the incident.
“Based upon the 26-year-old woman’s submission, she had gone to the Setapak Police Station to apply for a permit letter to travel interstate and was contacted privately by the police officer.
“We were also informed that the woman, who works as an investment analyst, has lodged a report on the matter at the Gombak Police Station at 7.30 pm yesterday, and she will be questioned by an investigating officer soon.
“We have also identified the police officer who allegedly contacted the woman,” he said in a statement today.
Ashari added that the matter is currently being investigated by the Kuala Lumpur Contingent Police Headquarter’s (IPK) Police Integrity and Standard Department (JIPS).
“No officer will be protected or escape from punishment for misconduct and we will not hesitate to take stern action against such parties.”
Ashari also urged those with further information on the case to contact the Wangsa Maju District Police Headquarters (03-92899222), the Kuala Lumpur Police Hotline (03-2115 9999), or any nearby police station.
Sources: Twitter/ @malissaali & Harian Metro, Cover image via Twitter/ @malissaali
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