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COMMENT | Two weeks ago, a news anchor shared his unpleasant encounter with two police officers patrolling his neighbourhood, via a letter column of a news media.

In the letter, he claimed that two officers approached him around 1am as he was sitting in his car, parked in front of his house. Despite complying with their request for his MyKad - bearing the same address as his residence - and explaining that he had just returned from work, he was asked to step out of the car without any explanation.

The news anchor claimed that one of the officers exhibited rude, arrogant and unprofessional behaviour. Expressing disappointment, he stressed on the need for policemen to prioritise courtesy when dealing with the public in his published letter.

Following the letter’s publication, and upon finding its content untrue and damaging to the image of the police, the officer decided to lodge a police report.

The news anchor is now being investigated under Section 504 of the Penal Code for intentional insult. He is also being investigated under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1988 which covers misuse of network facilities.

Unpleasant encounters

I am sure many of us have our own tales to tell, about unpleasant encounters with police officers. I too have a series of experiences dealing with the police...

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