Cops claim restaurant tycoon’s son reversed his car into an officer

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The son of a tycoon who owns the Hee Lai Ton chain of restaurants is being investigated for attempted murder because he allegedly reversed his vehicle into a police officer in a bid to evade arrest.

It was reported that Kajang district police investigating officer Azrul Nizam Zainal claimed this led the officers to open fire at the vehicle.

“The suspect tried to hit one of our officers, so the police were forced to shoot in order to stop the vehicle,” he said, adding that the case is being investigated under Section 307 of the Penal Code.

However, at a press conference yesterday, Too Kim Yong’s wife, Toh Xiau Wun, claimed that her husband had thought the plainclothes police officers were robbers and wanted to escape.

“When he arrived at the guardhouse, he was ambushed and chased by a group of men who tried to unlock his car. My husband thought they were robbers, so he sped off,” she said.

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She alleged that the officers did not identify themselves when attempting to unlock her husband’s vehicle.

She also claimed the police officers only identified themselves after arresting her husband, who was later brought to their home together with the couple’s children.

The family and their lawyer also censured the police for using excessive force by opening fire on the vehicle when the suspect’s children were inside.

In the July 22 incident, a team from the Bukit Aman narcotics department detained the 35-year-old IT professional near his residential area in Cheras Hartamas for drug-related charges.

The family also showed reporters CCTV footage of the incident.

In the recording, the officers were seen stopping their car in the middle of the road when Too reached the guardhouse.

Following this, Too was seen reversing his vehicle and entering the residential area from the right after the police officers’ car blocked the left entrance.

Based on the footage, it could not be ascertained if there was a police officer behind Too’s vehicle when he reversed.

When he managed to drive past the officers, the latter could be seen firing at least three shots at the vehicle.

The CCTV footage showed Too, in handcuffs, being escorted into the house by the five men, two of whom were wearing police vests.

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“They entered my room when I was having a video conference. I was shocked.

“My husband told me they needed to search our room because he was suspected of being involved in drug trafficking activities,” Toh added.

Toh alleged that the police officers seized their wedding rings, her husband’s passport, mobile phone, and a “Tiger beer souvenir”.

The lawyer said these items were not recorded on the list of confiscated items from his client’s house.

He also echoed Kajang police chief Mohd Zaid Hassan that it was a team from the Bukit Aman narcotics department who arrested Too on July 22.

Zaid had claimed that the suspect declined to cooperate and attempted to speed off, forcing the police team to open fire at his car.

“Although the suspect managed to escape, the team gave chase and arrested him not far from the scene,” he added.

Yesterday, Selangor police chief Arjunaidi Mohamed said police are investigating the family’s allegation of excessive force but declined to comment further.

Too was later released but rearrested by the Selangor police under the Dangerous Drugs (Special Preventive Measures) Act 1985 which allows for detention without trial for a period of 60 days.

He was initially arrested under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act.

“The Serdang police decided not to pursue the case. His urine test result was also negative. This shows my client was not involved with drugs.

“The question is why did the police re-arrest him under a law which allows for detention without trial?” asked his lawyer Keppy Wong.

The family and lawyer argued that it was a case of mistaken identity, saying Too, whose father owns the Hee Lai Ton chain of restaurants, was not involved in drug-related activities.

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Too’s father, who was also present, described his son as an IT professional and a family man.