EcoWorld chairman: Woman slapped by Datuk in viral video not my daughter

PETALING JAYA: EcoWorld Malaysia executive chairman Tan Sri Liew Kee Sin (pic) has refuted a claim that his daughter was slapped by a Datuk at a hotpot restaurant.

A close friend of the prominent property developer said Malaysians should not share the fake news.

Puan Sri Siew Yong Gnanalingam, who is the chairperson of the Soroptimist International Convention, also said she has been wrongly named on social media, saying she was not the one who filmed the video.

She said she does not like spicy hotpot and was not at the restaurant.

Earlier on Saturday (Jan 16), the Datuk and another suspect allegedly involved in the assault at a hotpot restaurant were released on police bail.

This comes after the police's application to extend their remand was rejected by the courts.

Both suspects were earlier brought to the Petaling Jaya Magistrate's Court at about 11am on Saturday.

It was reported previously that the assault victim has been identified as the son of a Datuk.

When contacted, Perak Chinese Assembly Hall deputy president Datuk Kwan Foh Kwai confirmed that it was his son who was slapped in the incident.

When asked about his son, Kwan declined to elaborate and said that he would leave it to the police to investigate the matter.

Two videos of the incident - one 29 seconds and the other 51 seconds long - had been posted on social media and both videos have since gone viral.

According to the initial police report, the two suspects also slapped a waitress.

However, Chinese vernacular newspapers reported that the suspect slapped the victim's girlfriend, claiming that she is Liew's daughter

In the 29-second video, the two men can be seen slapping an unidentified victim, presumably the complainant, while gesturing aggressively at him. One of them also slapped a woman as they were about to leave the restaurant.

The longer video shows one of the suspects being held back by another person as he aggressively tried to slap a man wearing a blue T-shirt.

However, as he was being pacified, he knocked down a chair before slapping a woman.

This led to another round of heated arguments with the man who was threatened earlier by one of the suspects.

The second suspect then approached the man, tried to hit him with his hand and cornered him against a wall.

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