Datuk Seri in Rela Assault Case Wants to Compensate Victims

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Reportedly, the three victims are standing firm on their decision of not letting the case to be settled out of court and want the law to take its course.

The Datuk Seri accused of voluntarily causing hurt to three Rela personnel is seeking to compensate them.

Businessman Liow Soon Hee’s counsel Datuk Rajpal Singh told Ampang magistrate Mohamad Firdaus Saidina Ali that he would send a letter of representation to Rela director-general Zulkifli Abidin today on possible compensation to Melvin Cheong Mun Khai, Lee Weng Poh and Leong Jun Jie.

“The letter will be handed over to counsel Datuk Michael Wong who is holding a watching brief for Rela,” Rajpal told the magistrate.

The letter will be handed over to lawyer Datuk Michael Wong who is holding a watching brief for Rela, Rajpal said.

Rajpal said there was a provision under the Criminal Procedure Code that an accused in an assault case can be let off with a fine.

Previously, the accused had sent a letter of representation to the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) but it had been rejected.

Clad in a pastel blue long-sleeved shirt and black pants, Liow appeared calm standing in the dock when his case began at 11.45am.

Also present in court were the three victims – Cheong, Lee and Leong – who were wearing their Rela uniform.

Liow is facing three charges under Section 353 of the Penal Code for intentionally assaulting three Rela members and is facing imprisonment of up to two years, or fine, or both if found guilty.

All of the offences were allegedly committed at the compound of Kou Ong Yah Temple, Jalan Merdeka, Kampung Baru Ampang in Ampang at about 6.30am on Oct 27, last year.

The magistrate fixed Aug 14 to hear the result of the representation.

Trial dates have been fixed for Sept 5, 6 and 7.

Meanwhile, Wong told The Sun that his clients are standing firm on their decision of not letting the case to be settled out of court.

“My clients are standing firm on their decision of wanting the accused to be punished according to the law, hence, it is most likely that we will not accept the proposal from the accused,” Wong was quoted as saying.

Liow previously apologised to Rela and the officers for his action, but they refused to accept his apology, saying they wanted the law to take its course.