Knocked out at toll gate

> Re­tiree de­tained fol­low­ing ar­gu­ment with RTD of­fi­cers


GE­ORGE TOWN: A 66-year-old lost eight teeth and broke his den­tures when the boom of a toll gate landed on his face dur­ing a tiff with Road Trans­port De­part­ment (RTD) of­fi­cers.

The drama started when RTD of­fi­cers in­structed a re­tiree to pull to the road­side af­ter spotting him putting his head out of the win­dow to take a picture dur­ing the 11.10am in­ci­dent last Satur­day.

In­stead of com­ply­ing, the re­tiree stopped in the mid­dle of the lane of the North-South Ex­press­way (NSE) near Km157 and a ver­bal war and push­ing and shov­ing en­sued be­tween the pas­sen­gers of the car and RTD of­fi­cers.

South Se­berang Perai district po­lice chief Supt Shafee Ab­dul Sa­mad said the ar­gu­ment be­gan when RTD of­fi­cers con­fis­cated the MyKad of the re­tiree and or­dered him to go to the near­est po­lice sta­tion with them.

He said the man com­plained that he had to use the MyKad to pay the toll.

The elec­tronic pay­ment fea­ture was then en­abled and the driver was sub­se­quently or­dered by the RTD of­fi­cers to fol­low them.

He said the re­tiree had sud­denly stopped sev­eral times on the way to the po­lice sta­tion al­most caus­ing a col­li­sion with the RTD ve­hi­cle that was fol­low­ing.

“At the Jawi toll, the man got out and again asked for his MyKad to pay the toll.

“This was when the boom came down and hit him on the mouth,” he told re­porters on the side­lines of a di­a­logue ses­sion yes­ter­day.

Shafee said the RTD of­fi­cer in­volved has since lodged a po­lice re­port while the man also did the same.

He said po­lice have also de­tained the man to as­sist in in­ves­ti­ga­tions un­der the Pe­nal Code for ob­struct­ing a pub­lic ser­vant from dis­charg­ing his duty.

“The oth­ers have turned them­selves in to the po­lice,” he added.

A video of the al­leged in­ci­dent can be found up­loaded on YouTube and is cir­cu­lat­ing on so­cial me­dia chat apps.

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