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Woman denied entry to police station for wearing 'shorts'
Published on: Tuesday, January 31, 2023
By: Reshna Reem Ganesan
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Woman denied entry to police station for wearing 'shorts'
Karen says the officer at the Kajang police station had refused her entry until she changed into a pair of long pants. (Pinterest pic)
PETALING JAYA:  A woman who had intended to lodge a police report following a car accident claims she was denied entry into the station because of her attire.

Karen (not her real name) told FMT an officer at the Kajang police station refused her entry because she was “wearing shorts”.

“The officer saw what I was wearing (through the car window) and told me to leave. I was wearing Bermudas that covered my knees,” she said.

She claimed the officer was adamant and refused to listen to her reason that she would have to travel some distance to change.

“It was ridiculous. How can they deny me the right to lodge a report unless I change my clothes?

“He told me he didn’t care and that even ministers wouldn’t be allowed to enter (if they were dressed that way).”

Karen had met with an accident with a truck near her home in Batu Sembilan, Cheras, yesterday morning.

She and the truck driver went to the Batu Sembilan police station to lodge a report but were told to go to the Kajang police station instead.

She said the officers at the first station had not reprimanded her over what she was wearing, hence she wondered why she was turned away at the Kajang police station.

“If there was such a rule (shorts not allowed), then somebody would have told me at the first police station. It makes no sense.”

After realising she was getting nowhere with the officer, Karen called her sister to bring her a pair of long pants and only then, was she finally allowed entry.

“I asked the officer for his badge number and name to file a complaint, but he refused to give them to me,” she said.

She said she tried to contact Kajang assemblyman Hee Loy Sian to discuss the matter and to ensure that it did not happen to others.

Contacted by FMT, Hee said he would check with the Kajang police station.

FMT has also reached out to the station for comment.

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