Assemblyman suspends aide who punched Gwo Burne – The Star

By FLORENCE A.SAMY

PETALING JAYA: Mior Azam Mior Yahya, the PKR aide who allegedly punched the party’s Kelana Jaya MP Loh Gwo Burne, has been suspended immediately from his duties, said his boss Seri Setia assemblyman Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad.

Mior Azam, who is Nik Nazmi’s personal assistant, had allegedly punched Loh near the right eye during a groundbreaking ceremony for a place of worship at Desa Mentari on Friday. Residents there had protested against the construction of the building.

Nik Nazmi, who is the Selangor Mentri Besar’s political secretary, said he viewed the incident involving his assistant and Loh with great concern.

“I do not condone physical violence and I have decided to suspend Mior Azam immediately from his duties while the police investigation is going on,” he said Tuesday in his blog.

Nik Nazmi said he would leave it to the party leadership to take disciplinary action against those involved by considering all aspects to ensure a fair and just outcome.

“This is important as the incident could have escalated to a more serious issue that would be to the detriment of everyone,” he added.

Loh, who did not sustain any bruises, had lodged a police report and had since spoken to the individual.

On Saturday, Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim said the alleged assault on Loh was an internal dispute and both men had since apologised.

Khalid also said approvals from local authorities must first be obtained before places of worship were constructed to avoid future misunderstandings.

Former Selangor Mentri Besar and Umno information chief Tan Sri Muhammad Muhammad Taib had previously said that the incident showed that the Pakatan Rakyat-led government had failed to control its people.

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