The Road Transport Department (JPJ) has transferred a JPJ officer to another section pending an investigation into allegations that he sexually harassed a teenage girl during a driving test on Wednesday
According to a report in The Star Online, today, 11 January, which quoted JPJ Deputy Director-General of Operations, Datuk Wan Ahmad Uzir Wan Sulaiman, the decision to transfer the JPJ officer in question was taken after the department received a report of the incident that occurred at a driving institute in Shah Alam on 7 February.
"We have moved the officer to another section that does not involve driving tests pending the investigation. The case will be investigated by the Selangor JPJ's integrity division," the Deputy D-G was quoted as saying by The Star Online.
Last week, a Twitter post, which has now been deleted, alleging that a JPJ officer had asked a 17-year-old girl improper questions and showed her pornographic clips on his phone had gone viral
The now-deleted post alleges that the JPJ officer, after noticing the girl had a nose ring, asked her if she had a boyfriend and if she had any piercing 'down there' too.
The girl claims she tried to remain calm as she did not want to fail her driving test.
The 17-year-old received support from netizens who also shared the similar experiences they had suffered during their driving test:
Meanwhile, Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai, during a press conference on Saturday 10 February, when asked by a reporter to comment on the above allegations, he said that stern action would be taken against enforcement officers who violate work ethics
"We take the attitude and etiquette of enforcement officers very seriously. This is because when our officers have been trained to become enforcement officers, they must be disciplined and responsible and cannot act arbitrarily.
"I urge those who may have come across this issue to report to the Road and Transport Department so that stern actions will be taken," he added.
On the other hand, though, the JPJ Deputy D-G said that they are waiting for the result as the said case was "still being investigated"
"We cannot mete out any punishment because the officer has not been found guilty," Wan Ahmad Uzir was quoted as saying by The Star Online.
In an unrelated news, the Road Transport Department (JPJ) has issued a statement rubbishing claims that its personnel forced lorry drivers to strip down to their underwear for not paying bribes: