Tycoon Koon makes statement to Jelapang police

A group lodges a police report against businessman Koon Yew Yin and another individual at the police headquarters in Johor Bahru, Johor, today. (Bernama pic)

IPOH: Businessman Koon Yew Yin spent 2½ hours at the Jelapang police station here today having a statement recorded in connection with his recent remarks which have been deemed to be belittling the Malaysian armed forces.

He arrived at the police station at 2.55 pm in a BMW driven by a woman and left in the same vehicle at 5.35pm.

After dropping off Koon at the entrance to the police station, the woman merely said “thank you” and declined to answer questions from the more than 10 journalists who had been waiting there since 2.30 pm.

Malim Nawar state assemblyman Leong Cheok Keng, who is a lawyer, was seen entering the station at 3.10 pm.

The police station gate was locked and journalists were not allowed to enter.

On Saturday, CID director Huzir Mohamed said police would record Koon’s statement following police reports lodged against him for allegedly making disparaging remarks against armed forces personnel on Aug 14.

Koon, a founder of Gamuda Bhd, has since apologised for his remarks after he was criticised by various quarters, including Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu.