End of road for two dressed up as KL traffic cops

Malaysian police impounded the two Honda motorcycles after the two men riding them were found to be impersonating traffic policemen.
Malaysian police impounded the two Honda motorcycles after the two men riding them were found to be impersonating traffic policemen. PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

KUALA LUMPUR • The two men were dressed like police officers, and blared the sirens of their big motorcycles and flashed their lights while escorting a VIP convoy of luxury cars in downtown Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday.

But the two men on the Honda CBX-750 bikes were actually imposters who sold their services as "police escorts" to those who want to look important and drive faster through traffic.

As the real policemen stopped the two men on Tuesday and handcuffed them, the car convoy - consisting of a Chrysler, an Audi and a Mercedes-Benz - sped off.

"One was a fried kway teow seller and another was a security guard," said a police officer, as the imposters' motorbikes were pulled into a Kuala Lumpur police station.

And when police checked the motorcycles' storage compartments, they found a bottle of soya sauce in the motorbike used by the kway teow seller. The two men, both 36, said they were providing outrider services for foreign VIPs, mainly from Zimbabwe and China.

The imposters wore yellow and blue jackets similar to the uniforms of traffic police. Their blue and white helmets also looked similar to those worn by actual cops.

The Honda motorcycles were bought from police auctions for RM9,000 (S$2,950) each, the imposters told the real men in blue.

What unnerved police the most was the effort the two men took to make the vehicles look like real police motorcycles. "It's exactly the same," said deputy superintendent (DSP) Markandan Subramaniam, the KL staff officer for traffic investigation and regulation, as he inspected the vehicles.

The sirens and lights were the exact match of a serving police cruiser, and the imposters even attached a sticker at the mudflap of the motorbikes that said in Malay: Thank you for giving way.

Police found in the storage compartments two "Polis" stickers, two walkie-talkies, and a luminous yellow official police jacket.

"The suspects said the jacket belongs to a friend, a serving police officer, who gave it to them. We are looking into that. We are also investigating how they obtained the parts to make their vehicles resemble police motorcycles, and how long they have been operating like this," DSP Markandan said.

THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 07, 2016, with the headline 'End of road for two dressed up as KL traffic cops'. Print Edition | Subscribe