Police say they found no criminal element over the case of the Security guards at Immigration, UTC Pudu and reporters from The Vibes

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Case classified as ‘refer to magistrate’, complainant can pursue civil action, says Dang Wangi police chief

Updated 9 minutes ago · Published on 16 May 2022 10:49AM

KUALA LUMPUR – In a shocking development, police have decided that there is no criminal element in the harassment and assault of a reporter from The Vibes by a security guard at a government facility.

The decision was conveyed to The Vibes less than an hour after reporter Qistina Nadia Dzulqarnain had given her statement.

Dang Wangi district police chief Noor Dellhan Yahaya said police will not pursue further the case, saying the aggrieved party can instead take up the matter to the magistrate if they decide to pursue a civil suit.

“The report has been classified as ‘refer to magistrate’,” Noor Dellhan told The Vibes on Saturday night.

“There is no criminal offence involved, no elements of crime, no one was assaulted. As such, the complainant can refer the case to the magistrate for civil action.”

Noor Dellhan said police will issue a form to the complainant to take up the matter to the court, if she decides to do so.

Qistina Nadia’s report indicated that she was manhandled and her cell phone was seized – both offences under the Penal Code.

The Vibes was not informed that Qistina Nadia’s case would be referred to the magistrate when the latter’s statement was being recorded.

She was accompanied by Petra News Editor in Chief Terence Fernandez and The Vibes social media head Lancelot Theseira.

It appears Dang Wangi police are in a hurry to close the case, having made the decision not to pursue the matter without even investigating nor taking a statement from the security guard in question.

https://www.thevibes.com/articles/news/60989/no-further-action-cops-wash-hands-off-the-vibes-journalists-assault

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Immigration Dept investigating incident of guard harassing journalists

Finance Ministry also initiates probe into scene at Pudu UTC, which went viral on social media

Updated 2 hours ago · Published on 14 May 2022 3:20PM

KUALA LUMPUR – The Immigration Department has begun an immediate investigation into an incident at the Pudu Urban Transformation Centre (UTC) this morning that saw on-duty reporters harassed and threatened by security guards

This was after the journalists attempted to speak to members of the public who had waited in line at the immigration office for hours, with some told to return on another day, triggering tension at the premises. 

Immigration director-general Datuk Seri Khairul Dzaimee Daud took note of the incident and vowed to improve the department’s services to the public, following numerous complaints of long queues following the reopening of international borders. 

“The incident (at Pudu UTC) is being investigated. We are also constantly striving to ensure better services,” he said in a brief WhatsApp message when contacted today. 

It is unclear at the moment if the security personnel at the premises were employed by the Immigration Department or the Finance Ministry, which is in charge of establishing and overseeing all UTCs in the country. 

When contacted, an officer from the ministry said they are also currently looking into the matter. 

The Vibes has also reached out to Home Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin for comment and is awaiting a response. 

https://www.thevibes.com/articles/news/60872/immigration-dept-investigating-incident-of-guard-harassing-journalists

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Guard lodges police report over incident where colleague abused journalists

The Vibes to follow suit for Pudu UTC incident where security personnel snatched reporter’s phone, launched abuse

Updated 44 minutes ago · Published on 14 May 2022 5:17PM

KUALA LUMPUR – One of the security guards who was on duty during the incident that saw two journalists harassed by their personnel at the Pudu Urban Transformation Centre (UTC) here has lodged a police report. 

Dang Wangi police chief Noor Dellhan Yahaya told The Vibes that they received a “covering report” by a member of the security personnel who was at the scene, immediately following this morning’s incident.

A case report is usually lodged to ensure a case is documented.

In a separate WhatsApp message to the press, Noor Dellhan confirmed receiving a report this afternoon when asked for updates pertaining to the UTC Pudu incident. 

“We received a report today at 12.09pm, lodged by an on-duty security guard,” he said in a brief message. 

The Vibes will also be lodging a police report over the incident.

https://www.thevibes.com/articles/news/60881/guard-lodges-police-report-over-incident-where-colleague-abused-journalists

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Irate UTC guard who scolded and took reporter’s phone condemned

FMT Reporters

May 14, 2022 2:55 PM

KUALA LUMPUR: Muda today slammed the actions of an immigration department security guard who threatened and intimidated reporters surveying long queues at the Urban Transformation Centre (UTC) in Pudu Sentral here this morning.

Muda info chief Luqman Long said the reporters were doing their job in the public’s interest and should not be treated that way.

“You cannot stop journalists from carrying out their duty in a public area such as (the) UTC. As long as they have a media pass, they should be allowed to do their work.

Earlier, two reporters from The Vibes news portal claimed they were harassed by an angry security guard who insisted they leave the premises.

The reporters uploaded a video of the security guard shouting at the top of his voice, demanding that they immediately leave the area outside the immigration office at the UTC, where people had been queuing up since early this morning.

One of the reporters was then seen in the video asking the crowd if they had waited for more than five hours, which saw many in the queue raising their hands. The video was interrupted after the other reporter, who was recording the scene, had her phone confiscated by the same guard.

Gerakan Media Marah (Geramm), a journalists’ activist group, condemned the security guard’s actions.

In a Facebook post, they said the issue could have been resolved professionally but instead the guard in question had resorted to intimidation and aggression by taking away the reporter’s phone.

Geramm said there should be laws criminalising any act of intimidation and aggression against media personnel.

Meanwhile, the National Union of Journalists president Farah Marshita Abdul Patah said serious steps are needed to protect the rights of journalists’ in the country.

“Journalists have the right to report facts without obstruction from anyone. We urge all parties to stop harassing reporters while they carry out their duties.

“If we are prevented from carrying out our assigned duties, the voice of the people will not be heard out there,” she said.

https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2022/05/14/irate-utc-guard-who-scolded-and-took-reporters-phone-condemned/

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