IPOH: A 33-year-old man has been arrested by the police after a video of his altercation with a cop went viral.
Ipoh OCPD Asst Comm A. Asmadi Abdul Aziz said the man was arrested on Friday (Dec 6) at about 3pm at his house in Taman Keledang Emas, a day after the incident.
ACP Asmadi said the suspect has nine traffic offences since 2003, including four arrest warrants issued for him.
The offences include not possessing a driver’s license, failing to produce a licence and vehicle insurance as well as not wearing a safety helmet.
“He also has four previous records involving robbery, as well as other drug-related and minor offences,” he told a press conference at the Ipoh Police District Headquarters here.
On the incident that led to the arrest,he said that it occurred on Thursday (Dec 5) along the Pasir Putih-Lahat road at about 9.45am after Lahat police station chief, Sub-Inspector Zulkifli Md Asid, stopped the lorry for ferrying a car skeleton in a dangerous manner.
The officer was driving a police vehicle alone and was on his way back to the station after attending a meeting in Ipoh.
In the two-minute, 38-second video, the suspect’s wife recorded the video when the couple started arguing with the officer as the suspect could not produce his driving license.
The suspect then got out of the vehicle, gave his MyKad to the officer and told him to issue the summons as he had no time to waste.
The wife also accused the officer for demanding a bribe, which Sub Insp Zulkifli denied.
ACP Asmadi said the suspect later lodged a police report at the Bercham police station against the officer for seeking a bribe as well as keeping his MyKad.
The wife was released on police bail and the suspect has been remanded until Dec 9 for further investigation.
“The case is being investigated under Section 186 of the Penal Code for obstructing a policeman from carrying out his duty,” he added.
ACP Asmadi commended Sub-Insp Zulkifli, who was also present at the press conference for handling the situation in a calm manner.
“He (Zulkifli) will be retiring in March, and due to his 39 years of experience in the force he handled the situation well,” he added.