Keeping an eye on ‘Datuk Seri’

KUALA LUMPUR: As the “Datuk Seri” embroiled in the assault case involving three People’s Voluntary Corps (Rela) personnel was taken to his remand hearing, he was never far away from the watchful eyes of two unidentified men.

This is in stark comparison to last Friday’s incident where he had 20 bodyguards protecting him.

The suspect arrived at the Ampang magistrate’s court at around 11am yesterday, escorted by a group of policemen.

As he made his way through the barrage of camera flashes, the two men – a tall one clad in a yellow T-shirt and the other, a portly fellow in a printed T-shirt – seemed overly concerned as pressmen crowded around the 29-year-old suspect.

When approached by reporters at the court grounds, the men declined to speak to the press.

Wearing a white shirt bearing the logo of the Winner Dynasty Group – a business believed to be dealing in e-commerce activities – the suspect followed police orders calmly.

His outfit was similar to the one he wore when he arrived on Monday evening at the Ampang Jaya Police district headquarters where he was later arrested.

As he was brought through, pressmen asked if he had anything to say – “Justice will prevail,” said the suspect who is believed to have obtained his title from Pahang.

He was later remanded for four days to aid investigations. He was escorted out around 12.30pm.

Separately, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi is calling for a thorough investigation to be conducted into claims that the suspect had tried to bribe the injured Rela personnel into withdrawing their police report.

“The Home Ministry supports a thorough investigation by both the police and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC),” said Dr Ahmad Zahid, who is also Home Minister.

He also reminded those who bore honorary titles such as “Datuk Seri” to be respectful to others.

“If they want to be respected, they need to respect others first,” he said after opening the Standard Bahasa Melayu Framework Congress at the Teachers’ Education Institute’s Malay Language Campus in Lembah Pantai.

Meanwhile, Rela platoon leader Ho Hoong Keong claimed his three injured subordinates – Melvin Cheong Mun Khai, 19, Leong Jiun Jie, 21, and Lee Weng Poh, 27 – lodged a police report over the RM10,000 “compensation” offered to withdraw their police report on Monday night and sent another complaint to the MACC yesterday afternoon.

On Friday, the suspect allegedly hurt the three Rela personnel after they requested him to move his vehicle, which was obstructing traffic.

The men were on duty at a religious event near a temple in Ampang when the incident occurred.

The case is being investigated for obstructing a public servant from discharging his duties and voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous wea­pons or means.

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