4 June 2019
Wangsa Maju district police chief Rajab Ahad Ismail said the Attorney-General’s Chambers has given the greenlight to charge Datuk Seri Seow Kah Foong.
The businessperson, whose brawl with a restaurant owner was captured on CCTV, has accused the police of barring his lawyer from being present when he was called for questioning for a second time.
Seow Kah Foong (above), who is a Datuk Seri, said the police summoned him again, two days after the May 27 incident at a condominium in Kuala Lumpur.
“I brought my lawyer along, but he was barred. When he was told to stay outside, I felt that I was in danger.
“Why can’t I be accompanied by my lawyer when giving my statement?
“I don’t have a high education. If you (police write the statement) and I sign (without knowing the details), would I not get into trouble?” he asked during a press conference in Subang today.
However, Seow, 49, said his second statement was not recorded because the police were preoccupied with buka puasa that night.
The businessperson also complained that when police recorded his statement right after the brawl, he was put together with the restaurant owner Lau Chan Ming, 53, and the latter’s “associates”.
According to Seow, this made him feel concerned about his safety.
“When I was asked to enter the room, Lau and the others were there. I was shocked. So I asked my bodyguard to come in as well as he is fluent in Bahasa Malaysia,” he added.
The businessperson also claimed that he saw one of Lau’s associates moving about freely in the police station despite having no links to the incident.
“This man appeared to be close to the police. He was like a ‘diplomat’,” he added.
Due to this, Seow wanted a new investigating officer to handle the case in order to be fair to him.
Contacted later, Wangsa Maju district police chief Rajab Ahad Ismail said the Attorney-General’s Chambers has given the greenlight to charge the businessperson.
As for Seow claiming his lawyer was not allowed in, the police chief replied: “It is not that we did not want to him in. If he enters, then we have to record his statement as well.”
However, Rajab did not elaborate.
29 May 2019
A businessperson, with a Datuk Seri title, accused of assaulting a restaurant owner claimed that he had acted in self-defence.
Seow Kah Foong also claimed that Lau Chan Ming had rushed towards him during Monday’s incident at a condominium in Kuala Lumpur, which was captured on CCTV.
“He ran towards me… He raised his left hand. He wanted to hit me.
“So I swung my hand in self-defence. I don’t know if I hit his face or hand,” the 49-year-old businessperson told Malaysiakini this evening.
Seow also claimed that Lau punched him twice and that the latter had a metal object in his hand which the businessman suspected was a brass knuckle.
At that point, Seow said his bodyguards “restrained” the 53-year-old restaurant owner.
“Finally, one of my bodyguards sent Lau to the police station. If we wanted to hurt him, why would we do something so stupid?” he asked.
Seow also showed Malaysiakini his police report on the incident, where the businessperson said he went to the condominium to look into a misunderstanding.
“When I reached there, I saw a Chinese man (Lau) who had threatened me before. I held on to his shoulder to prevent him from leaving.
“But he punched me in the left eye and I acted in self-defence,” read the report.
In another report dated May 24, Seow had accused Lau of threatening to burn his house and harm his family via a Wechat voice message.
Earlier, Malaysiakini reported Lau complaining that police have not arrested anyone despite the CCTV footage.
One footage showed several men surrounding Lau. An argument ensued before he was assaulted, with one of them punching the restauranteur repeatedly in the face.
Another footage showed a man alighting from his car and walking towards Lau. He then punched Lau in the face.
Responding to Lau’s complaint, Wangsa Maju district police chief Rajab Ahad Ismail said the case involved numerous witnesses and cannot be rushed.
“We will arrest and charge him (Datuk Seri) soon. The investigation papers are almost completed,” he told Malaysiakini.
A restauranteur, who was purportedly assaulted by a businessperson with a “Datuk Seri” title and a group of men over a dispute on Facebook, has claimed that police have not arrested the suspects despite the incident being captured on CCTV.
However, Wangsa Maju district police chief Rajab Ahad Ismail said the case involved numerous witnesses and cannot be rushed.
“We will arrest and charge him (Datuk Seri) soon. The investigation papers are almost completed,” he told Malaysiakini this afternoon.
Rajab said the case is being investigated under Sections 323 and 506 of the Penal Code.
The victim, Lau Chan Ming, 53, told Malaysiakini the incident took place at a condominium in Setapak, Kuala Lumpur, in the wee hours of Monday morning and he lodged a police report on the same day.
According to the report sighted by Malaysiakini, the complainant said he sustained injuries on his neck and face.
Lau, who runs a restaurant business abroad and occasionally returns to Malaysia to visit his family, said he became acquainted with the businessperson on Facebook.
Both of them regularly do “Facebook live” sessions and have garnered their own following.
Lau said the businessperson and him often exchanged arguments on Facebook and this had happened for years.
However, he did not reveal what prompted the attack.
“Recently, the Datuk Seri found out I had returned to Malaysia and he knew where I was staying through his network of friends,” Lau told Malaysiakini.
He claimed that on the day of the incident, a group of men wanted to meet him and he agreed to do so in order to settle the issue in an amicable manner but a heated argument broke out.
“So I halted the discussion and went home. Several hours later, I came down from my condominium and I was cornered by them,” he said.
One CCTV footage showed several men surrounding Lau. An argument ensued before he was assaulted, with one of them punching the restauranteur repeatedly in the face.
Another footage showed a man believed to be the Datuk Seri alighting from his car and walking towards Lau. He then punched Lau in the face.
Malaysiakini is withholding the name of the Datuk Seri, who deals with properties, as no charges have been filed against him.