KOTA KINABALU: The assailant behind Saturday’s attack on a newspaper editor is being urged to come forward to help investigations, said Kota Kinabalu police chief Asst Comm M. Chandra.
He said police were trying to determine if there was some provocation before the attack.
Security video footage of the assault at the petrol station showed the victim, New Sabah Times chief editor C.C. Pung, approaching a male motorcyclist first.
ACP Chandra said the Chinese man, in his 30s, was filling up his tank prior to the 2.45am incident on Aug 5.
“There seemed to be elements of provocation in the incident and we need this motorcyclist to come forward as soon as possible,” he added.
ACP Chandra said Pung had told police he was heading home after supper with a friend when he saw a motorcycle tailing him.
Pung then pulled over at the petrol station at Lido, which is not far from the city, and confronted the man.
ACP Chandra said the man then attacked Pung with his helmet until he collapsed.
Pung was hospitalised and treated for facial injuries.
He regained consciousness the next day and was discharged a few days later.