KUALA LUMPUR – The Road Transport Department (JPJ) has rubbished claims that its personnel had directed several lorry drivers to strip down to their underwear for failing to offer them bribes as suggested in a viral photo.
In a statement here Saturday (Feb10), it said the incident in the photo had actually taken place in May 2015 and involved four personnel of the JPJ enforcement station at Mentara in Gua Musang, Kelantan, who were patrolling in Jalan Aring en route to Tasik Kenyir.
“About 2.30pm, the personnel inspected three semi-trailer lorries parked by the road shoulder, which had obstructed the traffic and there were no drivers in the vehicles,” it said.
Upon seeing the JPJ personnel, the drivers who were taking a bath at a nearby hill rushed down, wearing just their underwear.
“The JPJ personnel then instructed them to move the vehicles to a more appropriate area and advised them not to repeat the offence.
“Yesterday, one of the drivers lodged a police report, denying the allegation (that they were made to parade in their underwear),” said the statement.
As such, the JPJ reminded the public to verify any news and information received with the relevant authorities before disseminating them. – BERNAMA