Datuk in hotpot assault apologises

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The Datuk who was caught on a viral video assaulting a man and a woman at a hotpot restaurant here has apologised, saying that his actions were too extreme.

“I admit that my friend and I committed an act that was not right and was extreme. My friend and I were not rational at the time, which was why I was very angry. I felt that my dignity had been challenged by a younger person,” the man who identified himself as Datuk Tan said in a video message that went viral on Monday (Jan 18).

Datuk Tan apologised to the man and woman, as well as Malaysians for his action.

He also issued the apology on behalf of his friend, whom he called Ang Lee.

Datuk Tan said his friend had got involved because he thought that he had been hit by the young man.

“My friend then also hit the young man. Subsequently, the fight became worse and I became even more unruly where I then slapped the woman.

“I really regret my actions as I was out of control. My friend and I were also drunk at that time. I hope that the public will not involve our families in this issue as this happened on our own accord,” he said.

“I also hope that this issue will not be extended any longer as we had surrendered ourselves to the authorities. We will accept any punishment that will be charged on us. Once again, I would like to apologise on what had transpired.

“I hope everyone will be able to accept our apology,” he said in the video message.

Datuk Tan and his friend were released on police bail on Saturday (Jan 16) after their two-day remand order expired.

The assault, which took place at Tropicana Avenue last week was a hot topic among Malaysians as it not only involved a titled person, but the alleged victims is another Datuk’s son.

Perak Chinese Assembly Hall deputy president Datuk Kwan Foh Kwai confirmed his son was slapped during the incident.

In two videos that have gone viral, two victims, including Kwan’s son were slapped.

The initial police report stated that the other person who was slapped was a waitress, but Chinese vernacular newspapers reported that she is the victim’s girlfriend.

The heated argument is believed to have started after the victims complained about the noise the suspects were allegedly making at the restaurant. – The Star

Earlier reports:

Jan 15, Hotpot assault victim turns out to be son of another Datuk

Jan 15, Hotpot assault: ‘Datuk’ caught by cops


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