KUALA LUMPUR: The alleged harassment and assault case of a news portal reporter by a security guard has been reclassified after it was initially classified as "refer to magistrate".
Kuala Lumpur CID chief Senior Asst Comm Habibi Majinji said the case will be investigated under Section 160 of the Penal Code for committing an affray.
"The case was previously classified as "refer to magistrate".
"However, after reviewing the facts of the case, I instructed for it to be reclassified under Section 160 of the Penal Code as there are elements that warranted it," he said when contacted on Monday (May 16).
All those involved in the case, including witnesses, will be called up again for their statements to be recorded, he said.
"We will investigate the matter thoroughly as both sides have lodged police reports.
"We will identify who is at fault in this matter," SAC Habibi said.
Earlier, Dang Wangi OCPD Asst Comm Noor Dellhan Yahaya said the case had been classified as "refer to magistrate".
"We will not pursue the matter further as there is no criminal element discovered.
"The aggrieved party can take up the matter to the magistrate should they wish to pursue a civil suit," he said.
On Saturday (May 14), a disagreement between news portal reporters and a security guard at an Urban Transformation Centres (UTC) led to police reports being lodged.
The Vibes tweeted that two of their reporters had been harassed by a security guard at the Pudu UTC, when they were covering a story regarding the long queues for passport renewals.
In a video, a security guard can be seen telling both reporters to leave immediately and to stop filming, before shouting in anger.
The video ends after the guard is seen snatching the handphone of one of the reporters.