MACC to look into the ‘Datuk Seri’ case too

KUALA LUMPUR: A 29-year-old ‘Datuk Seri’ who surrendered to the police, after three People’s Volunteer Corps (Rela) members claimed they were assaulted by him, will also have to face the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission.

The MACC will look into allegations that the suspect had offered the victims money to “settle” the issue.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said Rela director general Zulkifle Abidin updated him of the allegation by the three Rela members that they were offered money to retract their reports.

“This case must be a lesson to others, so that in future there will not be any similar incidents,” he said adding the MACC report was the right thing to do, now that the issue is of public interest.

Zahid who is also Home Minister said this after launching the Congress Bahasa Melayu Standards Framework (kongres Kerangka Standard Bahasa Melayu) at Institut Pendidikan Guru Kampus Bahasa Melayu here.

On Friday, the Datuk Seri was reportedly involved in the assault on Rela men – Ranbo Lee, 27, Jackie Leong, 21, and Melvin Cheong, 19 – when they asked him to move his Toyota Vellfire which was obstructing the traffic.

In the 6.30am incident which happened near Kau Ong Yah Temple at Ampang, Lee suffered bruises and swelling to his left eye, Leong was kicked and Cheong was hit on the back of his head.

Zahid said that the ‘Datuk Seri’ honorific title the man had at such a young age was not a licence to behave in such a manner.

“I do not want to touch on credibility of his title here but for a man whose so young with such a high title, he should know how to respect others and act in public. If you want to be respected you need to learn how to respect others first,” Zahid said.

It is learnt that the man with a doctorate qualification is the chairman of a company which invests in several businesses such as real estate and property, healthcare, jewellery, travel, entertainment, e-commerce, and other financial instruments.

The Datuk Seri is investigated for causing hurt and obstructing public servants from discharging their duties, under Section 324 and Section 186 of the Penal Code.