PETALING JAYA: A Penang businessman, with a Datuk Seri title, was today fined RM1,000 after he pleaded guilty to voluntarily causing hurt to a security guard at a luxury condominium in Jelutong, George Town, Star reported.
In the incident which took place on Jan 14 this year, Chin Kok Wah, 50, attacked T Ramaraj, 44, after the latter used his handphone to record Chin trying to remove a wheel clamp using a steel cutter.
Ramaraj had also appealed to Chin to stop trying to break the clamp and discuss the matter but it was to no avail.
According to the facts of the case, Chin, who is a resident of the condominium, refused to listen and instead hit Ramaraj on the waist using the steel cutter.
He also tried to take the handphone from Ramaraj but did not succeed.
The incident did not end there as Chin then left the area and returned to the lobby shortly after, scolding Ramaraj and assaulting him again, before driving away in his car.
Chin was detained two days later when he turned up at the George Town northeast district police headquarters in Jalan Patani to give a statement on the incident.
He was later charged under Section 323 of the Penal Code, which carries a maximum one-year jail term and a fine of up to RM2,000 or both, upon conviction.
His lawyer Mohd Khairul Fairuz Rahman appealed for a light sentence as his client had regretted his actions
“He is a first-time offender and promised not to repeat the offence,” he was quoted as saying by Star.
DPP Christopher Enteri Anak Mawan asked for an appropriate punishment in view of public interest.
Chin settled the fine.
Following the incident, a 39-second video clip of the incident went viral on social media and triggered outrage from netizens, according to The Star.
The clip showed Chin trying to remove the clamp from the right front tyre of his Mercedes-Benz with a steel cutter.