KUALA LUMPUR: A Rela (People’s Volunteer Corps) member has denied that there is an element of bribery behind the withdrawal of his police report against a businessman who allegedly assaulted him.
Melvin Cheong Mun Khai said the speculation was untrue.
“I did not receive any financial aid (habuan kewangan) nor in the form of property for retracting the police report lodged on Aug 18. I voluntarily withdrew the report,” Cheong said in a statement.
Cheong was accompanied by his lawyer Yusof Mohamed Salleh during a press conference on Friday (Dec 7).
He said the main reason for withdrawing his police report was due to his job as a bartender, which made it difficult for him to attend court proceedings in the daytime and monitor the progress of the case.
“I do not want to become a puppet following orders from certain people.
“I would like to stress here that during the court proceeding, two of my Rela friends and I had agreed for the accused (businessman) to pay compound in court to settle the charges for causing hurt against us, but Rela had pressured us to turn down the offer,” he said.
Cheong said this was an offence by a person against another person and he felt that there was no need for any interference.
On Sept 9, Rela operations director Mohamad Razib Buhaini was quoted as saying that they were not consulted when Cheong made the decision to “forgive” the businessman Datuk Seri Liow Soon Hee.
Mohamad Razib wanted Cheong to be investigated for corruption.
“While the court proceedings were in progress, he decided to withdraw the police report without any consultation with us.
“We find this highly suspicious and call upon the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) to look into the matter to see if there are elements of integrity breach or corruption,” Mohamad Razib said before heading into the MACC headquarters here to lodge a report.
On Oct 27 last year, Liow, 30, had pleaded not guilty to causing injury to Cheong, 21, Lee Weng Poh, 29, and Leong Jun Jie, 23, at the compound of Kou Ong Yah temple in Ampang.
After Cheong withdrew his report against Liow, the Ampang magistrate’s court granted a discharge not amounting to an acquittal to the accused on two charges.
One of the charges is for causing hurt to Cheong while the other is for using criminal force to deter him from carrying out his duty as a Rela officer.
The case involving the other two victims continues for trial.