Monday 28 May 2012

Assaulted national boxer forced to forego Olympic dream

Why is the police taking so long to investigate such a straight forward case? - 1Christians

JOHOR BARU, May 28 — National boxer Muhamad Farkhan Mohd Haron, who was beaten up by a group of men during a brawl on May 6, has to forego his dream of competing in the 2012 London Olympics in July due to the injuries he suffered.

Muhamad Farkhan, 24, winner of the middleweight gold in the Laos SEA Games in 2009, was given a “wild card” to compete in London but since his injuries would take about six months to heal, he would be able to see action.

The boxer said he suffered injuries to his cheekbone and ribs.

“I need at least six months to recover and that is a big loss for me because I cannot go to London,” he told reporters here today.

Muhamad Farkhan hoped police would wrap up investigations so that legal action could be taken against those who attacked him.

“Though it involves a VIP, I hope police will not hesitate to carry out investigations because I want justice,” he said.

He said the VIP suspect, who goes by the title of Tengku, had phoned him while he was watching the English FA Cup final between Chelsea and Liverpool, urging him to come to his (Tengku) house.

Muhamad Farkhan said when he arrived at the Tengku’s house, he was bashed up by a group of six men and a woman for three to four hours with sticks, iron rods and even slashed with a Samurai sword.

“They warned me that if I reported the matter, I and my family will be harmed. However, I have lodged a police report. My parents have also lodged a police report. My family are still traumatised,” said the boxer who was discharged from hospital two weeks ago.

He denied rumours that the VIP (Tengku) belongs to the Johor royal family, saying that even the Tunku Mahkota of Johor, Tunku Ismail Ibrahim, had visited him in hospital. — Bernama

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