Friday January 4, 2013
PPS man apologises but will still be charged
By CHRISTOPHER TAN
GEORGE TOWN: A voluntary patrol unit (PPS) member will be charged in court today although he has apologised for assaulting a journalist covering a suspected suicide in Jalan Perak here.
Besides extending his apology to Ang Kean Siang, 32, for slapping and punching him, Lim Ah Chai, 52, is also giving the Guang Ming Daily deputy crime chief an ang pow.
“The ang pow is a token of my apology,’’ he said.
Lim who is a worker in a paint shop, said he did not know that Ang was there to cover the case of a 39-year-old woman who had fallen to her death in that area.
“On Dec 30, I was having a meal when I heard that one of my friends had fallen from her apartment.
“I rushed there and confronted her husband. Ang took photographs of us quarrelling,” he said at a press conference at Datuk Keramat assemblyman Jagdeep Singh Deo’s service centre yesterday.
Lim alleged that Ang tried to flee after taking the photos.
“I wanted to retrieve his memory card,” he said.
Lim also claimed that Ang did not show any identification card during the incident.
“I admit that I assaulted Ang,’’ he said.
When contacted, Ang said he accepted Lim’s apology and would leave the matter to the police to investigate.
“I accept his apology. However, I will not accept his ang pow,” Ang said.
George Town OCPD Asst Comm Gan Kong Meng said the Deputy Public Prosecutor decided to charge Lim under Section 323 of the Penal Code for voluntarily causing hurt and Section 427 of the Penal Code for committing mischief and damage.
He said Lim would be charged today.
“We will pick up the second suspect whom we have identified,” said ACP Gan.