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Assaulted trader wants justice
By WONG PEK MEI and STEVEN CHIEW
KUALA LUMPUR: Businessman Chia Buang Hing, who recently alleged that he had been assaulted by police after being stopped for not having a valid road tax, says he does not harbour any ill-feeling towards the officers. However, he said, justice must be done.
“I would rather die than be defamed,” said Chia, who broke down yesterday when saying that his reputation and business had suffered from the alleged police brutality.
“I am just an ordinary citizen with no political background." ( ...)
“I cannot imagine that the police would torture me just because I refused to pay a bribe for an expired road tax,” said the 34-year-old Chia, who hails from Tanjung Sepat and runs a photo frame business.
Chia was speaking to reporters in Mandarin at a press conference where Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng acted as interpreter. He had claimed that on Dec 18, he was beaten up by a few policemen, who also “took” away RM13,000 after they stopped him at a roadblock while he was on his way to Kota Damansara from his home in Tropicana at 11pm. He further alleged that he was also assaulted while in police custody from Dec 19 to Dec 22.
When in custody, Chia claimed the policemen ordered him to make a false report that he had been injured in a car accident and that, if he refused, they would plant a blood-stained parang or drugs in his car. Chia, who was remanded for four days, was released on bail on Dec 22. He lodged a police report the next day.
During the press conference yesterday, he denied having any drugs or parang during the incident, and claimed the police did not inform him that he could lodge a police report while in the lock-up. Chia’s lawyer Marcus Tan, who was also at the press conference, said he was not allowed to meet Chia until Dec 20, and said no civil suit had been filed yet against the police. Lim said he wanted the Shah Alam police to handle the case as they did not have confidence in the Petaling Jaya police.
In PETALING JAYA, the two constables detained in connection with Chia’s assault were released after an application for their remand was denied by the magistrate’s court registrar yesterday. One of the constable’s defence counsel Suraj Singh said registrar Zalina Ahmad Rani rejected a seven-day remand order following his objection that an investigation must be conducted first before they are detained. The two constables were arrested on Sunday after Chia picked them out among six suspects lined up at the Petaling Jaya police headquarters here on Saturday.