Errant postmen can be taken to court

PETALING JAYA - Legal action will most likely be taken against three postmen who allegedly dumped thousands of undelivered mail in Ampang, says Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek.

Calling the incident "unacceptable", he said Pos Malaysia Bhd should go beyond meting out disciplinary action against the culprits.

"Action will not be just about dismissing them from their jobs.

"It has to be from a legal point of view because this is a breach of public confidence," he said in a telephone interview.

On Sunday, The Star reported that thousands of undelivered mail were found in a ravine by residents at Ukay Heights in Ampang on Saturday.

The mail, including cheques, bank statements and bills, were later retrieved by Pos Malaysia staff.

Shabery also said he would meet Pos Malaysia officials next week after the Kuala Besut by-election.

He was notified of the incident by Pos Malaysia CEO Datuk Iskandar Mizal Mahmood.

"We want to know whether this was pure negligence or whether it was due to behavioural or personality (problems)," he added.

The three postmen responsible for dumping the mail have been identified and sacked.

They can be charged under Section 30 of the Postal Services Act 1991, which carries a maximum two-year jail term and a fine of up to RM4,000.