Report: Senior citizen claims trial to obstructing enforcement officers in PJ dog case
KUALA LUMPUR, March 31 — A 69-year-old man, who was allegedly assaulted by Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) enforcement officers during a stray dog operation, claimed trial at the Petaling Jaya Magistrates’ Court today to obstructing public servants from discharging their duties.
Patrick Khoo is alleged to have interrupted and prevented a MBPJ enforcement officer from carrying out his duties during a round-up of stray dogs last week.
He pleaded not guilty after the charge was read to him before Magistrate Shahril Anuar Ahmad Mustapa.
Khoo, who appeared calm throughout the proceedings, was charged under Section 186 of the Penal Code for voluntarily obstructing a public servant in the discharge of his duties.
The offence carries a maximum penalty of two years’ imprisonment, a maximum fine of RM10,000, or both.
Khoo was represented by lawyers Rajsurian Pillai and Tay Chee Fu, while Deputy Public Prosecutor Farhanah Fuad prosecuted.
Shahril Anuar ordered bail of RM2,000 in one surety.
According to the charge sheet, the incident was reported to have occurred at Taman Kanagapuram in Petaling Jaya, at around 9pm on March 22.
Earlier, Farhanah sought bail of RM5,000 in one surety.
However, Khoo’s counsels Rajsurian and Tay, requested for a lower bail, citing his client’s age and adding that Khoo had fully cooperated with the investigators.
The case has been fixed for mention on June 16.
Last week, a viral video surfaced on social media, showing an elderly man appearing to be roughed up during an MBPJ operation to capture stray dogs.
Following that, on Wednesday, Petaling Jaya police chief Assistant Commissioner Fakhrudin Abdul Hamid said the man involved would be charged in court.
Yesterday, Petaling Jaya MP Lee Chean Chung called for a fair and unbiased approach by all parties after the elderly man, since identified as Khoo, was allegedly manhandled by MBPJ enforcement officers during the operation to capture stray dogs.