A “Datuk” who was arrested on suspicion of assaulting and threatening a man at a hotpot restaurant in Tropicana Avenue, Petaling Jaya, has apologised for his actions.
In a video that was spread on social media, the 42-year-old man can be seen facing the camera and reading a prepared statement of apology in Malay.
“I, Datuk Tan, and on behalf of my friend Ang Lee, want to apologise to the young man and his girlfriend for our actions,” he said in the video.
“I… would like to apologise to the young man and woman whom I hurt, and also to all of Malaysia. To clear things up, I admit that my friend and I did something unreasonable and excessive.
“This is because we were not in a rational state of mind at that time and I was angry,” he said, adding that as an older man, his pride was hurt after being chastised by someone younger.
“Things got worse when my friend thought I was hit by the young man, so he acted by slapping the man… as things escalated, I became more out of control and ended up slapping the young woman.
“I feel very regretful about my out-of-control actions, and at that time, my friend and I were drunk,” he said.
He urged the public not to involve his family and friends in the matter as it was his own mistake.
The man added that he hoped the incident could be put to rest because they had handed themselves over to the police and are ready to face punishment.
The case is being investigated under Section 323 of the Penal Code for voluntarily causing hurt, as well as Section 503 and Section 506 of the Penal Code for criminal intimidation.