'Slapping cop' assigned to desk job

GEORGE TOWN - A policeman has been transferred to desk duties after a video of him slapping two men by the roadside went viral on social networking sites.

The video, posted on Friday, showed an enraged policeman on his motorcycle pulling over by a row of shoplots here in Bayan Baru and berated two foreign men for not 'respecting' him.

The policemen got off his machine and hurled his helmet to the ground and screamed at the duo who were walking along the five-footway of a shoplot.

In fear, the duo walked towards the policeman, and squatted in front of him.

"Mau kurang ajar dengan saya? Mana mau lari? Mana passport? Tak ada passport? Takda passport mahu samseng dengan saya?"

Roughly translated to: "You disrespecting me? Where are you running to? Where is your passport? You do not have your passport? You trying to be like gangsters walking around without a passport?"

The policemen then repeatedly slapped the two men, at least four times.

In an immediate response, Penang police chief Datuk Abdul Rahim Hanafi said the policeman has been summoned to the disciplinary board for his actions.

"The policeman has been transferred to the south-west district headquarters to take up desk duty.

"I have ordered all police departments in the state to ensure that they discharge their duties in accordance to the law, and to not tarnish the image of the force by doing disrespectful acts," he said in a statement.