Rela refuses to settle out of court with accused


AMPANG: The People’s Volunteer Corp (Rela) has today rejected the out-of-court settlement offer by businessman Datuk Seri Liow Soon Hee who was charged with assaulting three of its on-duty personnel.

Rela Director-General Zulkifli Abidin said the three victims have rejected the offer on the basis that they wish for the accused to be punished according to the law.

“We do not wish to send a wrong message to the public where Rela can be bought over using money when there is any offence committed against our personnel,” Zulkifli said after the assault case was mentioned before majistrate Mohamad Firdaus Sadina Ali.

“Furthermore, this case also involves the integrity and pride of Rela. Hence, we ask for the case to go to trial as soon as possible.”

Zulkifli also asked for the court to hand out the rightful punishment to the accused if he is found guilty.

“I hope that the case can be made as a lesson for not only the accused but also for everyone to respect all uniformed authorities,” he said.

Zulkifli said the three alleged victims would not accept offers from the accused if any such proposal is to be raised again.

Meanwhile, lawyer representing the accused, Datuk Rajpal Singh, has called on the media not to give so much attention to Rela. They should give a fair coverage to the accused as well, he said.

“Why has this case been given so much of media attention, there should not be any trial by media.

“Please do not listen to one side only as they (Rela) also did a lot of things to trigger the incident, they have failed to control themselves on the day of the incident – they were harsh, rude and they also pushed around other people who were there at the temple,” Rajpal said.

Rajpal said his client made an offer to Rela because the latter does not wish for this issue to become any bigger than it is now instead of admitting to his mistakes.

Rajpal has written a letter to Zulkifli last week seeking to settle the matter by offering compensation for the assault charges.

Liow, 29, is facing three charges under Section 353 of the Penal Code for intentionally assaulting three Rela members who were carrying out their duties at a temple in Kampung Baru Ampang.

If found guilty, Liow could face imprisonment of up to two years, or fine, or both. He had pleaded not guilty on Nov 3 last year to those charges.

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