PETALING JAYA: China Press photographer Sam Kar Haur is doing well and healing from the injuries sustained while covering a protest at Low Yat Plaza on Sunday.
MCA Youth national chairman Senator Chong Sin Woon and vice-chairman Nicole Wong Siaw Ting said Wednesday that they had visited Sam and learned that his complaints are of pain in his chest and muscles as well as cuts in his mouth.
MCA Youth will arrange for Sam to undergo a head scan and check-up at a hospital as his head is still swollen from being hit.
Chong said that if the government is to demonstrate its impartiality in its handling of the incident, it must take stern action against the culprits and provide necessary care to the victims immediately.
“The turning of a simple theft case into revenge and racial conflict were totally unexpected. As such, the way the government handles the case dictates the direction it is heading,” said Chong.
He added that the government had sent the wrong message by sending officers from the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry to conduct a spot check at Low Yat Plaza, as it gave the impression that the violence was triggered by cheating or the sale of fake merchandise.
He said it was good that Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar had clarified that it was due to a shoplifting incident, but added that the indifferent attitude of the police in handling the situation had resulted in even more rumours being disseminated.
“Another wrong signal was sent out when 30 to 40 staff were taken from the plaza and driven to the police station to help in investigation. Although 90% of business operators at the plaza had resumed their businesses to take advantage of the pre-Hari Raya peak season, the police's action had pressed the panic button and resulted in unnecessary closures,” he said.
Chong said that it was unacceptable that those involved in Sam's assault could not be nabbed.
“We are not the judge and jury, but the police must remain fair and impartial and be seen to be so as well, because as part of the government administration, they are constantly watched by everybody,” he said, adding that as it was a criminal case that had nothing to do with race, the police should act swiftly to bring the wrongdoers to justice.
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