‘Humiliated’ Tajuddin plans legal action over damaged reputation following LRT crash

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Pasir Salak MP Tajuddin Abdul Rahman is planning to take legal action against those who have “tarnished his reputation” in the aftermath of the collision involving two Light Rail Transit (LRT) trains on May 24.

This followed his removal from Prasarana Malaysia Berhad’s chairperson position shortly after the crash.

“I have been humiliated all over Malaysia as an unqualified, insensitive, racist figure, who does not follow standard operating procedures (SOPs) to the extent that some were willing to petition for my resignation.

“Everything is a hit (against me) and some have even taken advantage by reporting to the police.

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“It’s not fair to me, one day I will identify who is really (behind) it and take action according to the law,” Tajuddin told reporters at his service centre in Chenderong Balai, according to Sinar Harian.

It was not immediately apparent whom he was planning to take action against.

In the 8.45pm incident, a total of 47 passengers were reported to be seriously hurt while 166 escaped with minor injuries, when a train carrying passengers collided with an out-of-service train that was being test-driven.

Following the incident, the Transport Ministry set up a special panel of investigators to probe the cause of the mishap.

Tajuddin was summarily dismissed as the Prasarana chairperson after a press conference in which he explained why he had not been present on the site of the accident until the morning after.

According to Bernama, he also announced today that the drive-thru method is now among the options offered by volunteers here in distributing aid to the needy including the asnaf (those eligible to receive zakat or tithe) whose livelihoods were adversely affected by the movement control order (MCO) 3.0.

Tajuddin said the concept facilitated the distribution of aid without having to gather in large numbers and at the same time, comply with SOPs set by the National Security Council.

“The Bantuan Prihatin Rakyat aid is for the affected groups such as the asnaf who have been identified in the Sungai Manik state constituency and surrounding areas.

“Appointed heads, such as from Umno’s Wanita and youth wings, will come over to the parliamentary service centre here to take food aid without having to leave their vehicles and then return to their respective areas for distribution,” he told the media today.

Tajuddin, who is also Umno’s election director, said among the necessities provided included rice, sugar, flour, oil, sardines, instant noodles, coffee, biscuits, fish, chicken and meat placed in special containers.

He said that the drive-thru concept would reduce congestion and the risk of the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic and it should be expanded to facilitate helping those in need when the pandemic struck.

Muda offers free legal services

Meanwhile, Malaysian United Democratic Alliance (Muda) pro-tem committee member Lim Wei Jiet said his upcoming party was prepared to offer free legal services to anyone sued by Tajuddin over the LRT incident.

“Muda firmly upholds the freedom of speech. The public should not be dragged to court for criticising a public officer or a politician.

“Therefore, Musa is prepared to offer pro bono legal services to anyone sued by Tajuddin for supposedly humiliating and tarnished his reputation in the Kelana Jaya LRT incident,” said Lim, who is a lawyer by training.

He said anyone who needed legal help can reach out to Muda at biroperundangan@muda.my.