Main image via Loanstreet
While there are legitimate roadblocks and random checks performed by police, there are some jahat people who want to take advantage of those who obey the law - by impersonating police officers and scamming/robbing you!
To avoid being a victim, learn these 4 important tips on how to tell if the police officer is fake, and what to do.
1) Always check their IDs
Unfortunately, it’s not possible to tell if it’s a fake police officer just by appearance. Apparently, you can obtain a police uniform for around RM2,000.
Start by asking for their ID, which any genuine police officer is obliged to show. ‘Polis Diraja Malaysia (PDRM)’ should be written on the front. At the back will be the photo, full name and matrics number.
To identify their rank and whether they’re allowed to boss you, look at the colour of the card:
- Blue represents the rank of Inspector and above - they are the only ones who have the right to arrest you.
- Yellow represents constables or those below the rank of Inspector.
- White represents reserve police who accompany their team to perform law enforcement duties.
- Red represents suspended policemen who have no right to either interrogate or arrest you.
However, there are also plain-clothed policemen. If one stops you, politely ask for the card and write down the name, ID number and vehicle registration (if any).
2) Ask all the right questions (politely ya)
Fake police try focus on your mistakes, flaws or weaknesses. If you’re forced to do anything, just give your name, IC number and address.
They cannot arrest you unless there is at least one high-ranking police officer (a blue ID card) present. Remember to not put up a fight.
If they insist for more, ask politely, “Am I under arrest?” If the answer is “No”, then you can walk away. However, if they say “Yes”, don’t panic, follow the steps below.
Take these following steps instead:
- First: Ask why you’re under arrest. It’s against the law to arrest you without stating the exact reasons.
- Second: Ask which police station you’ll be taken to.
- Third: You have the right to make ONE phone call. Call someone you trust or a nearby Legal Aid Centre (LAC) to help you.
- Fourth: Exercise your right to remain silent until help comes.
3) Don’t let them randomly search you
Police officers are only allowed to search your premises if they have a search warrant, which is a legal document that gives them the authority to do so. They cannot search your home unless it’s a sizable offence under the Criminal Procedure Code (CPC), namely those carrying jail time of more than 3 years.
In addition, don’t allow your phone to be taken away. The police is required to have a warrant (Section 247) before they can check your phone, unless you’re a person of interest.
4) Beware any suspicious vehicles
It would seem that the scammers are getting smarter. Case in point: Two Malaysian men who bought retired police vehicles off an auction and turned them into exact replicas of the genuine ones.
If something seems wrong to you, follow the steps in #2. Don’t even think of trying to strike a deal. If they’re fake, they’ll see it as a sign of weakness and threaten you so you’ll pay more. Worse, if those are real law enforcers, then gone lah you.
Here’s a list of resources to refer to
The Red Book is prepared by a group of lawyers called TANGKAP to help Malaysians know their civil rights.
- Peninsular Malaysia: (03) 8880 3500/ (03) 8880 4607
- Sabah: (088) 286 100/ (088) 675 570/ (089) 764 40
- Sarawak: (082) 442 228/ (085) 418 118/(084) 333 788/(086) 334 189
Don’t get stopped at the legit police roadblocks by making sure your road tax and insurance is valid; this applies for both cars and motorcycles!
This article is brought to you by Loanstreet.com.my.
Filled Under :
*We reserve the right to delete comments that contain inappropriate content.