KUALA LUMPUR - Pictures of a policeman having torn up a RM20 (S$8) note after a bribery attempt by a motorist have been circulated on the blogs.
One of the images showed the man being issued a summons by the policeman while another showed a torn RM20 note, together with the driver's IC and his driver's licence on the police car.
According to the comments posted under the photographs, the driver had allegedly tried to bribe the policeman with the money while recording the act on his handphone.
The policeman then issued a summons to the driver after allegedly tearing the RM20 note as he was angry with him for wanting to record the act.
However, it could not be confirmed where the incident took place.
Federal Traffic chief Senior Asst Comm Mohd Fuad Abdul Latiff said the man should lodge a report if he was not pleased with the action of the policeman.
"He can lodge a report and let us investigate the case," he said after flagging off a motorcycle convoy at Masjid Negara here to Dataran Tanjung Mas, Muar, as part of a road safety campaign.
SAC Mohd Fuad also noted that the driver had committed an offence by trying to bribe the policeman.
"For me, if he makes a report, what is he supposed to write in the report? He was trying to bribe a police officer. That is an offence," he said, adding that although the act of tearing up the money was not wrong, the officer should not have done it.
"He should not have torn the money. But maybe the driver had insisted on paying the bribe and the officer became angry," he said, adding that the policeman should have arrested the driver for trying to bribe him.
"I have given a directive to my officers - if they are offered bribes, they should advise the person that it is wrong to do so. If they insist, the police officers should arrest the offender," he said.
SAC Mohd Fuad also urged the public to contact the police in cases where police personnel sought bribes.
"If any policeman tries to ask for a bribe, please report him to us," he said, adding that if the officer did not wear a name tag or his staff number, the complainant should report the vehicle number.
SAC Mohd Fuad said police were also investigating the people behind a Facebook page claiming to settle summonses at a discounted rate.