A BARTENDER who tried to help a motorcyclist fleeing from a group of mat rempits was assaulted and injured by them.
Chai Kok Ping, 38, sustained cuts on his head and body in the incident outside a cafe in Taiping on Sunday.
Recalling the incident at a press conference organised by Aulong assemblyman Yew Tian Hoe yesterday, Chai said the 20-year-old motorcyclist barged into the cafe about 1am to seek refuge.
“The motorcyclist said he was being chased by a group of mat rempits and I told him to lodge a report with the police,” he said.
“Within minutes, I heard shouts before the cafe glass entrance was shattered by stones.
“I was assaulted when I went out to investigate. A colleague quickly pulled me back into the cafe, sparing me from further harm,” said Chai who later received 32 stitches for the wounds at the Taiping Hospital.
Chai claimed that although the police arrived in three patrol cars immediately after the incident, no attempt was made by the policemen to apprehend the mat rempits who were on about 60 motorcycles.
Chai claimed that when he was being treated at the hospital, a police officer said that he (Chai) would be arrested.
“Where is justice? I was assaulted for helping the motorcyclist but I am being arrested too?” he asked.
Taiping OCPD Asst Comm Raja Musa Raja Razak said when policemen arrived at the scene, the group of motorcyclists who assaulted Chai immediately fled the scene.
“We are not arresting Chai but he is among those being investigated because after the assault, Chai’s fellow workers or friends vented their anger on an innocent man who was passing by on his motorcycle at about 2.45am.
“The innocent passer-by was not only assaulted but his motorcycle was also set on fire,” said ACP Raja Musa, adding that no suspect had been arrested so far in connection with the case.
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