Driver sorry over surau scuf­fle

New Straits Times - - News -

JOHOR BARU: The 28-year-old driver in­volved in last Fri­day’s surau fra­cas is­sued an apol­ogy yes­ter­day.

Toh Chai Eun said he bore no ill will when he honked at a driver out­side a surau af­ter Fri­day pray­ers in Ta­man Austin Per­dana here. The act got him beaten up.

He is­sued a pub­lic apol­ogy to the Mus­lim com­mu­nity, es­pe­cially those in­volved in the 1.30pm in­ci­dent.

Toh, who is self-em­ployed, had gone to the Johor Is­lamic Re­li­gious Of­fice with his brother, Toh Chai Chung, 30, to meet Johor Re­li­gious Coun­cil chair­man Mu­talip Ab­dul Rahim and ad­viser Datuk Nooh Gadut.

“What hap­pened that day was that I was caught in a traf­fic jam and I had some­thing ur­gent to do,” said Toh, who suf­fered cuts on his head and body.

“I hope the pub­lic will not blow up this is­sue any­more as it will dis­rupt the peace and har­mony in our mul­tira­cial coun­try.”

Surau chair­man Mohd Khai­idzir Ismail said the meet­ing showed the spirit of Malaysia.

Toh was re­port­edly beaten up af­ter he honked in front of the Seri Austin surau, which pro­voked a group of men to at­tack him and dam­age his car.

The case is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated un­der Sec­tion 147 of the Pe­nal Code for ri­ot­ing.

Toh Chai Eun

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