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‘Jangan pukul’, pressman begs as he shields another

 | July 15, 2015

Sin Chew crime reporter rushes to the aid of a China Press photographer who he sees being attacked by a mob outside Low Yat Plaza.


KUALA LUMPUR: Professional rivalry did not prevent Sin Chew Daily crime reporter Chan Woei Loon from rushing to the aid of China Press photographer Sam Kar Haur who was attacked by a mob near Low Yat Plaza.

Chan said that he was at a tea stall having a cuppa on Sunday and writing a story after a police media conference on the ruckus at Low Yat Plaza, when he heard a lot of aggressive shouts behind him.

A mob of about 30 youths was chasing after Sam and when they caught up with him, began punching and kicking him.

Chan rushed to the aid of Sam, shielding him from the blows, and receiving many himself despite his pleas of “Jangan pukul, sabar, sabar” (Don’t hit, calm down).

The youths, fired up, continued with the assault until several passers-by intervened and took Chan and Sam to safety. Civil Defence Department officers later sent both to the hospital for treatment.

Chan suffered bruises on his forehead, blurry vision and a swollen hand for his troubles.

“It was scary but I couldn’t bear to see a fellow pressman getting beaten up,” Chan said in a report carried by The Star Online yesterday.

He described the group as made up mostly of youth and said, “Sheer stupidity and emotions got the better of them.”

Chan and Sam were among the five people injured in the mob attack that was triggered off by insidious web postings that followed an alleged mobile phone theft in Low Yat Plaza on Saturday.


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