An activist suffered injuries to his neck after being assaulted by a “stalker” on Wednesday (27 July), reported Malaysiakini.
Speaking to the English daily, Persatuan Harapan India Malaysia chairman M Mani Maran said the incident happened when he was just about to leave a hotel around 1.40 pm in Kajang when the assailant approached him and asked him about a certain individual.
“When I was checking out from the hotel and walking towards the car, that individual approached me to talk about the PenjanaKerjaya issue. At first, he spoke as though he supported my actions.”
“But suddenly, he asked me why I made accusations towards two leaders from a political party whom I’ve implicated in the embezzlement at PenjanaKerjaya.”
“As I was trying to leave, the individual suddenly attacked from behind at my neck and ran away. I believe this is attempted murder,” he was quoted as saying.
It was reported that Mani received 16 stitches at the hospital following the attack.
Meanwhile, FMT reported that Mani said he had no idea how the “stalker” know he was there.
“I believe he stalked me for the past few days. I was actually going to the MACC office again to lodge a report against a politician who had just purchased a sports car,” he said.
Mani said he believes that the male assailant is in his late 30s, and had previously approached him outside the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) headquarters in Putrajaya after he lodged a report against a Cabinet member on 22 July.
The Cabinet member is said to have been involved in false claims and misappropriation of funds from the PenjanaKerjaya hiring incentive programme.
The assailant is believed to be part of a small group protesting against Mani and his group for lodging the report. He briefly spoke to Mani before Mani left.