IPOH: A New Straits Times Press (NSTP) cameraman who was assaulted during a fracas after the Perak-Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) match has denied allegations of play-acting.
Supian Ahmad, 36, said the allegations made on social networking sites also claimed he was paid to pretend to be assaulted and lie that his camera was seized by JDT supporters.
“I was said to be from Perak, which is not true. The media practitioners are made out to be liars.
“I regret the assault because I am neutral. I hope they retract the allegations before I lodge a police report,” he told reporters here today.
Supian was reportedly assaulted by JDT supporters while a camera worth about RM30,000 was seized during the fracas at Perak Stadium on Saturday.
Supian lodged a police report at the Sungai Senam police station yesterday and submitted images and video recordings as evidence and to assist police in their investigation.
Meanwhile, Perak Media Practitioners Association chairman Sayed Mohd Hesham Sayed Idris said an Act should be created to protect media practitioners when carrying out their duties.
“The assault should not have happened. Media practitioners were attacked for no reason. We do not support any team, we are a neutral party,” he added.