Former DAP leader pushed me, says lawyer

(The Star) – A lawyer told a Sessions Court that a former DAP grassroots leader pushed and kicked him outside a courtroom in Northam Tower here.

Lee Khai said the incident involving him and Teh Hock Yong occurred on Nov 29, 2006, on Level 2 of Northam Tower, where the High Courts were located at the time.

Lee Khai, 43, was representing Penang Wanita MCA chief Tan Cheng Liang in a defamation suit against Teh on that day

“The case was called up for mention on the day of the assault. After I left the courtroom, I was approached by reporters seeking details pertaining to the case,” said Lee during cross-examination yesterday.

“I was asked by a reporter if Teh was in court. I had not noticed him inside the courtroom, but at that moment I saw him standing a few feet away behind the reporters,” said Lee.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Mohd Faisal Md Noor then asked Lee if he had met Teh before.

Lee said he was not sure if he had met him before, but had recognised him from newspaper reports.

Lee said he walked back to Teh to hear what he had to say to repor­­­­ters.

“Instead, he pushed me and I lost my balance and fell on the left side of my body,” said Lee, adding that Teh also kicked him.

Teh’s offence under Section 323 of the Penal Code carries a maximum one year’s jail or a fine not exceeding RM2,000 or both upon conviction.

Magistrate Siti Salwa set Jan 19 and 20 for further hearing.