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I've seen the dashcam video, why the delay, lawyer asks cops, AGC in Grab driver's assault case

Latheefa Koya says the long silence from the authorities is unacceptable.

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Latheefa Koya (centre) and lawyer Zaid Malek with e-hailing driver Ong Ing Keong (right).
Latheefa Koya (centre) and lawyer Zaid Malek with e-hailing driver Ong Ing Keong (right).

The lawyer for the e-hailing driver who was allegedly assaulted by an escort of the Johor crown prince has questioned the silence of the attorney-general despite the police having submitted investigation papers early last month.

"It has been more than a month since then. No one has been prosecuted for the assault upon Ong. No arrests have been made," said Latheefa Koya, the lawyer for deaf e-hailing driver Ong Ing Keong, whose police report in May caused public outrage.

"This is a matter of public interest. The long silence from the authorities is unacceptable."

Latheefa, the former chief of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, said the case was straightforward and backed by video evidence, which she had seen.

"This evidence has been given to the police. I myself have seen the dashcam video. The assault upon Ong is clear from the video," she said.

Inspector-General of Police Razarudin Husain said on June 5 that investigation papers on the case had been sent to the Attorney-General’s Chambers.

On May 28, Ong, a Grab driver who is deaf and mute, said he was assaulted by a member of the entourage accompanying  Johor's Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim, better known as TMJ, after he was asked to move his car outside the St Regis Hotel in Kuala Lumpur.

He said a man knocked on his car window before punching him in the face.

Ong was later treated at Kuala Lumpur Hospital for a soft tissue injury.

Latheefa said the police and AGC must explain the delay and take firm action in accordance with the law.

"Ong is entitled to justice, and the rule of law must be upheld."