PETALING JAYA: The man who was assaulted outside a surau in Johor after honking continuously last Friday has apologised over the incident, adding that he did not mean to offend anyone through his actions.
In a report by Sinar Harian, Toh Chai Eun, 28, also explained that he was stuck in a jam and was rushing to attend to some urgent matters.
“This led to the attack which damaged my car and I was injured in the process,” Toh, who was spotted with a neck brace, was quoted as saying.
He also hoped that the issue would not be prolonged to the point that it causes racial tension.
Last Friday, a video of the incident — which subsequently went viral — showed a man driving a white Toyota Camry honking continuously because his vehicle was blocked by other cars parked outside the surau in Taman Austin Perdana.
A group of people later confronted the driver, with some striking and kicking his vehicle. Another man in a white robe was seen hitting the driver repeatedly with a red traffic cone as others called for calm.
Police arrested four people for alleged rioting.
Meanwhile, surau committee chairperson Mohd Khaiidzir Ismail, who was present when Toh made his statement, hoped to put the case to rest.
“Although the incident took place outside the surau, we as a committee have done the necessary,” he was reported as saying by the daily.