Cops Issues Reminder That Uber Illegal After Passenger Claims ‘Molest’

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KOTA KINABALU – Police here have renewed their warnings against using ride-sharing service Uber, after one of its drivers was accused of exposing himself to a female passenger.

Kota Kinabalu city police chief assistant commissioner M. Chandra reminded consumers that the service was unapproved and did not have the necessary certification from the authorities, the Malay Mail online reported.

ACP Chandra

“The police have previously advised Uber users of the risks of using Uber. We will continue to take action against Uber drivers who provide this service without a permit from the CVLB,” he said in a statement here.

Last September, police here arrested two Uber drivers for illegal public transport activities and warned the public against using ride sharing apps.

In the sexual harassment claim against the Uber driver yesterday, a 25-year-old housewife claimed that the 35-year-old driver had put his hand in his pants, exposed his penis and fondled it.

The driver has made a counter report denying the allegations, saying he never talked to or touched the passenger.

The news portal quoted Chandra saying the case was being investigated under Section 509 of the Penal Code for intentional of insult of a woman’s modesty.

“It is a non-seizable offence but we have taken statements from both the victim and the suspect for investigation,” he said, adding that investigation papers will be handed to the deputy public prosecutor for further action.

“We are also investigating the case under Section 33 of the Commercial Vehicles Licensing Board Act 1987 for the use of unlicensed public service vehicle. This carries a fine not more than RM10,000 or a prison sentence of not more than a year or both,” he said.

It was previously reported that the victim, who had used the app to hail the driver from the Likas Women’s and Children’s Hospital at 10.30am yesterday, said she got frightened when the driver took out his member.

She abandoned her journey halfway and later lodged a police report and also reported the incident to Uber.

The case has gained traction on social media after the complainant also shared her experience and the driver’s car registration details, but later took down her post on Facebook.