Man lodges report against dilapidated police stations, says willing to fund upgrade

By Ben Tan
A 57-year-old man, believed to be of unsound mind, lodged a police report at the Tampoi police station in Johor Baru early this morning on what he deemed as unsatisfactory conditions of the premises and two other police stations. — Picture by Ben Tan

JOHOR BARU, Jan 23 — In what seemed a bizarre case, a 57-year-old man lodged a police report at the Tampoi police station in the wee hours over what he deemed as unsatisfactory conditions of the premises and two other police stations.

The complainant, believed to be of unsound mind, said he was also willing to contribute financially to assist in the matter.

Police sources said the complainant had came to the Tampoi police station, which is under the Johor Baru North district police, at 2.45am Tuesday to lodge a report.

“The complainant, who is a Johor Baru-based factory manager, basically listed down the station’s ceiling lamp at the enquiry office that was spoilt, the drink machine and air-conditioner that was in an unsatisfactory condition, as well as the mosquito problem while he was at the station.

“He claimed that such conditions will pose a danger to the police personnel on duty and also cause discomfort to members of the public that came to the station,” a source told Malay Mail.

At the same time, another source said the complainant also listed down in his report that the personal computer at the Majidee police station was old and in need of an upgrade, as well as improvement to be made at the Central police station.

Both the Majidee and Central police stations are under the Johor Baru South district police.

“The complainant later stated in his report that he will inform the state Health Department on the mosquito problems before bringing up the issue with Johor police chief Datuk Mohd Khalil Kader Mohd and also the media,” said one of the sources.

When contacted, Johor Baru North police chief Assistant Commissioner Mohd Taib Ahmad confirmed that the report was received.

In Malaysia, any citizen has the right to lodge a police report and the police are duty bound to accept it. Once a report is made, depending on the content, there may or may not be further investigation.