He flouted rules, hurt a security guard, pleaded guilty and remorse, fined RM1,000.
- Refused to stop trying to break clamp
- Hit guard with steel cutter
- Tried to snatch guard’s handphone
- Scolded guard a second time
- Assaulted guard again
Penang businessman Dato’ Sri Chin Kok Wah, 50, was today fined RM1,000 after he pleaded guilty to having voluntarily caused hurt to a security guard at a luxury condominium in Jelutong, George Town.
In the incident on Jan 14, Chin, who is a resident of the condominium, used a steel cutter to try to remove a wheel clamp on his Mercedes-Benz.
The security guard, T Ramaraj, 44, used his handphone to record Chin’s action, appealing to him to stop trying to break the clamp and discuss the matter.
Chin refused to listen and instead attacked the guard, hitting him on the waist with the steel cutter.
He also tried to snatch the handphone from Ramaraj but failed.
Chin then left the area and returned to the lobby shortly after, scolding the guard and assaulting him again, before driving away in his car.
Following the incident, a video clip of the incident went viral on social media and sparked outrage from netizens.
On Jan 16, Chin was detained when he turned up at the district police headquarters in Patani Road to give a statement over the incident.
He was later charged under Section 323 of the Penal Code, which carries a maximum one-year jail term and a fine of up to RM2,000 or both, upon conviction.
DPP Christopher Enteri Anak Mawan asked for an appropriate punishment in view of public interest.
In mitigation, Chin’s lawyer Mohd Khairul Fairuz Rahman appealed for a light sentence as his client was remorseful.
“He is a first-time offender and promised not to repeat the offence,” he was quoted as saying by The Star.
Chin paid the fine.