SEREMBAN: The Negri Sembilan Road Transport Department (JPJ) has denied allegations that his officer issued a summon against a lorry driver for not wearing underwear.
The allegation had gone viral on Facebook, prompting the department to proceed with legal action.
Its director, Azrin Borhan, said the notice of prohibition on the use of vehicle which was issued against the driver during the Ops Static road block at KM10 of Jalan Seremban-Port Dickson on Monday, had been altered.
According to him, JPJ’s officer had issued a notice following a vehicle inspection that had found the left two-wheel drive tires were torn.
"The notice was to order the driver to replace the damaged tire and he needs to bring the vehicle to the JPJ for further inspection to avoid being summoned.
"But we find that the copy of the notice has been given additional offence which is not wearing underwear and for that he was slapped with a RM600 compound. It is not logical for us to issue summons for such an offence,” he said.
He said the PG1 notice was issued only for offences related to technical faults related to the vehicle, and had nothing to do with the driver's misbehavior as modified in the notice.
Azrin said a police report had been lodged at the Seremban District Police Headquarters to deny the allegation and to avoid misunderstandings among the public.
"This is the first such incident to occur in the Negeri Sembilan JPJ and I hope that the public will not fall for such allegations and check with us first,” he said.
The allegation had also been shared by JPJ on its Facebook page which had received various reactions among Netizens who had called for the department to take legal action.
Meanwhile, when contacted, Seremban police chief Assistant Commissioner Mohd Said Ibrahim confirmed that a police report had been made by a JPJ officer, claiming that the case that had gone viral was fake and edited.
“The case has been referred to the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) for further investigation,” he said.