ALOR SETAR - A Taiwanese TV news report alleging that Malaysian police had demanded a bribe from a Taiwanese tourist has gone viral on social media.
The news broadcasted by Television Broadcasts Satellite (TVBS) on Monday reported that the man, identified only as Yew, was on vacation in Langkawi with his family, as well as 40 other compatriots, who were sports equipment dealers.
The report said that policemen approached Yew, in his 40s, when he was shopping in a duty-free outlet and accused him of stealing two panties, which he denied.
The broadcast said Yew had asked to view the shop's closed-circuit television camera recording but the policemen did not permit him.
In his interview with TVBS, Yew claimed he was asked by the men in blue to pay a sum of money to settle the issue.
Yew claimed the policemen told him, "You pay us the money for the two panties and we'll pretend as if it never happened".
Yew said he was however released after the shop owner cleared him of wrongdoing.
When contacted, Langkawi acting OCPD Deputy Supt Jamil Ahmed shrugged off the news.
"Firstly, we do not have such a branded shop at the airport and none of the airport shops here sell undergarments.
"Policemen are also not stationed in the airport. Only members of the auxiliary police are on duty there," Supt Jamil said.
He said the incident could have taken place at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport as such a shop was mentioned in the Taiwanese TV report.