Don’t be a coward. Own up to your mistakes

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GEORGE TOWN  –  Those who assaulted Guang Ming Daily deputy crime chief Ang Kean Siang on Sunday should immediately surrender themselves to the police.

The newspaper’s crime chief Sim Eng Hooi said those responsible should bear the consequences of their actions.

“Compensation or apologies are secondary, those who did it should surrender themselves to the police first for the law to take its course,” he said when contacted.

In the 1am incident, Ang claimed that he was assaulted by two members of the Penang Voluntary Patrol Unit (PPS) from Perak Lane.

He alleged the duo had attacked him as he was leaving the area after covering a woman who had fallen to her death.

He has since been hospitalised after the assault left him with injuries to his lips, shoulders, chest and groin.

State PPS chairman Phee Boon Poh, who is also a State Exco member, has reportedly expressed his regrets over the incident and has apologised to Ang, the newspaper and the public while the 50 member squad has been suspended from duty pending an inquiry.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said he has personally called upon state police chief Datuk Abdul Rahim Hanafi that stern action be taken against the perpetrators.

“Assaulting any person is wrong. What is more serious is that this was inflicted on a reporter carrying out his duty as all press members should have the freedom to carry out their duties without fear of physical threats,” he said in a statement.

When contacted, Northeast district police chief ACP Gan Kong Meng said police will record the statements of the witnesses and those suspected to be involved soon.

“The investigation papers will be referred to the deputy public prosecutor (DPP) as soon as possible,” he said of the case classified as voluntarily causing hurt and committing mischief under Section 323 and Section 427 of the Penal Code, respectively.

In a press conference later, state Barisan Nasional (BN) political bureau chief Datuk Dr Teng Hock Nan condemned the assault and called upon the state government to ensure that such incidents do not happen again.

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