Datuk Seri in Rela Assault Case Slapped with Drug Charges

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The businessman with a ‘Datuk Seri’ title who was charged with attacking and injuring three People’s Volunteer Corps (RELA) personnel last week, faced two charges at two separate magistrate’s court here today, of taking drugs.

  • One charge for offence on 2014, another charge for offence on Oct 30
  • The offences allegedly took place at the Dang Wangi and Ampang Jaya police stations, respectively
  • Reportedly, re-arrested a second time (the first re-arrest was after the Rela assault charges) by MACC, believed to be for alleged bribe offer to the Rela personnel
  • Contrary to some media reports, Kedah confirmed it did not award the ‘Datuk Seri’ title to the suspect

Liow Soon Hee, 29, claimed trial at Kuala Lumpur Magistrate’s Court to taking methamphetamine inside the toilet of the Narcotics Criminal Investigation office at Dang Wangi district police headquarters (IPD) at 9.40 pm on Feb 11, 2014.

Magistrate Namirah Hanum Mohamed Albaki set RM2,000 as bail with one surety and an additional condition that the accused must report to the nearest police station once a month.

The court also set Dec 4 for re-mention.

Liow also claimed trial in Ampang Magistrate’s Court to taking amphetamine and methamphetamine at the Narcotics Criminal Investigation Division office at Ampang Jaya IPD at 5 pm on Oct 30.

Magistrate Haslinda A Raof set RM3,000 as bail with one surety who must be a Malaysian citizen and Dec 14 for re-mention.

The charges framed under Section 15(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, carries a maximum two years jail or a fine of up to RM5,000 and up to three years police supervision, on conviction.

Deputy public prosecutor Akmal Anuar and Raihanah Abdul Razak appeared for the prosecution while counsel Farhana Abd Halim represented the accused.

On Friday, Liow claimed trial at Ampang Sessions Court to one charge of voluntarily causing grievous hurt, one charge of using criminal force to obstruct a public servant from carrying out his duty, and two counts of voluntarily causing hurt.

He allegedly committed the offences on the RELA personnel at the compound of a Chinese temple in Jalan Merdeka, Kampung Baru Ampang here, around 6.30 am on Oct 27.

On a separate matter, Kedah did not award the ‘Datuk Seri’ title to Liow, as reported by some media.

The Sultan of Kedah’s senior private secretary, Datuk Bijaya Indera Datuk Paduka Syed Unan Mashri Syed Abdullah, said the conferment of this award was restricted to the most senior members of the Kedah royalty, state dignitaries, and individuals who had contributed a lot to the state and nation.

“Many have concluded that the individual arrested had received the ‘Datuk Seri’ title from the Sultan of Kedah.

“I am pleased to inform that Kedah never conferred the ‘Datuk Seri’ title on that individual,” he said in a statement on Monday.

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On claims that the man is a Kedah Royalty Association Honorary Member card holder, Syed Unan said the association had been deregistered in 2013 on the order of the then Sultan of Kedah, Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah.

“Among the reasons for it to be deregistered was the giving of membership to those who are not members of the Kedah royalty,” he said.

Earlier reports:

Nov 4, Datuk Seri Liow Re-Arrested After Release, Cops to Probe Why Past Cases Not Prosecuted

Nov 2, Cops Urged to Probe Source of Rela Assault Case Datuk Seri’s Wealth

Nov 1, Datuk Seri in Rela Assault Case Tests Positive for Drugs

Oct 31, Datuk Seri in Rela Assault Case Remanded Four Days

Oct 30, Datuk Seri in Rela Assault Case Surrenders in Grand Style