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Well, that was quick. After the transport minister, Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, announced that an investigation was launched following the ‘saronggate’ scandal, The Star has now reported that it was, in fact, the fault of a RELA guard that was on duty at the time when the incident occurred.

“He acted on his own and not under JPJ’s instructions,” commented deputy transport minister, Datuk Ab Aziz Kaprawi. Though dress codes exists in all government departments, the Road Transport Department (JPJ) included, Kaprawi stated that there should not be “such drastic action for those who don’t comply.” The guard has since been repositioned.

Said incident gained traction when the woman involved, identified as Suzanne G.L. Tan on Facebook, posted an image of her dressed with and without the ‘sarong’ upon entering a JPJ office in Wangsa Maju. The description goes on to describe how she was made to don said article before any form of service will be provided to her.

Following the investigation, Tan had stated her gratitude to the relevant parties by going on to say that “due credit should go to the JPJ (Transport Ministry) for their prompt and decisive response to the matter. Let’s hope other departments will emulate this.” JPJ has since issued a formal apology and statement clarifying that there is no such thing as a ‘sarong’ policy.