Police: We did not wrongfully detain married China woman

JOHOR BARU - Police are refuting allegations that they had detained a woman from China who was married to a Malaysian despite being shown the marriage certificate.

Johor police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Mohd Mokhtar Mohd Shariff said the claims by Zhao Yan, 26, and her husband Lim Wei Siang, 39, were unfounded and serious.

"I have directed the Johor Baru South police chief Asst Comm Sulaiman Salleh to lodge a report on the matter as the allegations are damaging to the police force as a whole," he told reporters.

Zhao claimed that she was wrongly detained by officials while she was enjoying a karaoke session with Lim on March 22.

"Nothing was provided to officials during the raid," said ACP Sulaiman. "Lim eventually brought us photocopies of the documents a day later," he said, adding that officials could not release Zhao then as they required the original certificates.

SDCP Mohd Mokhtar said it took Lim about 12 days to produce the originals and by then, the case had been forwarded to the Deputy Public Prosecutor and Zhao had already been ordered to be deported.

"After checking the authenticity of the originals, the police then went to the deputy public prosecutor in charge of the case to ask for the order to be retracted," he said, adding that by then Zhao had been sent to the Immigration Detention Centre in Pekan Nenas.

SDCP Mohd Mokhtar also refuted claims by Zhao that she was made to wash the toilets while in the police lock-up.

"Our lock-ups are monitored by CCTV cameras and there is no possibility of such an abuse," he said.

The couple had married about a year ago and is said to be contemplating legal action against the police over the incident.