PDRM just arrested two KPJ Klang employees for vandalising the Deepavali kolam in a TikTok video that went viral!
Viral Video Of KPJ Klang Hospital Staff Vandalising Kolam!
A video went viral on WhatsApp and TikTok, claiming that a KPJ Klang employee vandalised the Kolam decorative art at his own hospital.
The video shows a man, dressed in a blue Baju Melayu with a black songkok shoes, defacing the Kolam that was created for Deepavali at the KPJ Klang Specialist Hospital.
The video appears to be recorded by a lady who eventually commented with humour, “Vandalism”.
PDRM Arrests KPJ Klang Staff Over Vandalised Kolam!
At around 9:15 PM on 30 October, Northern Klang Police Chief, Assistant Commissioner Vijaya Rao a/l Samachulu, announced that a case has been opened against the man who was seen vandalising the kolam decoration.
The police statement appears to suggest that the man has already been identified, and summoned for questioning on Monday, 31 October. However, it does not mention whether the man, or the person recording the video, is an employee of the hospital.
That changed the next day, when ACP Vijaya Rao announced that two KPJ Klang Specialist Hospital employees had been arrested on suspicion of deliberately causing disharmony.
The man in the video, and the person who recorded the video, both voluntarily surrendered themselves to the district police headquarters to have their statements recorded at about 11 PM the night before.
The two suspects, in their 20s and 30s, were then arrested and remanded for three days, starting today (Monday, 31 October 2022), for investigation under Section 298A of the Penal Code for causing disharmony, disunity, or feelings of enmity, hatred or ill-will, or prejudicing the maintenance of harmony or unity, on grounds of religion.
KPJ Healthcare Issued Statement Over Vandalised Kolam
While the viral video clearly shows the man defacing the kolam, it was not clear earlier if the man worked for the KPJ Klang Specialist Hospital, as he was not wearing an official KPJ uniform.
Netizens said that he was a customer service officer there working the front desk. However, it didn’t help that KPJ Healthcare released a public statement that declined to both identify the man and the person recording the video as their employees, and apologise for their action.
The KPJ Healthcare statement only stated that it does not condone any act of disrespect among its staff (abuthen?) and within the compound of any of its hospitals.
It also stated that KPJ Healthcare launched an internal investigation into the video, and stern actions will be taken “should” their staff be involved.
In light of what we now know, that seems like a case of their PR team trying to avoid apologising for what their staff did. I’m not a PR practitioner, but IMHO, that move will likely backfire.
It wouldn’t have taken them more than a few hours to determine the identity of the persons involved, since they have access to CCTV video feeds in their own hospital.
They could have stepped ahead of the news. Instead, they left it to the police to reveal that the two were really KPJ Klang Specialist Hospital employees.
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