Malaysia

Driver says passed out before car rammed protesters

By Anisah Shukry
April 29, 2012

Bersih supporters stand around a police patrol car that was flipped onto its side, in Kuala Lumpur April 28, 2012. — Picture by Choo Choy MayBersih supporters stand around a police patrol car that was flipped onto its side, in Kuala Lumpur April 28, 2012. — Picture by Choo Choy MayKUALA LUMPUR, April 29 — The policeman behind the wheel of a patrol car that crashed into several Bersih protesters yesterday said he was unconscious during the incident.

Mohamad Kamil Paimin told reporters he was also confused at the time due to blood loss after being hit head in the head by a hard object.

“I don’t even know the car crashed. I was already passed out,” he said from his hospital bed at the Hospital Kuala Lumpur today.

He added he only regained consciousness after receiving treatment at the hospital.

Yesterday, two police patrol cars had stopped at the traffic lights on Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman near Pertama Complex.

A male protestor then leapt on the bonnet of one car while surrounding protestors threw stones and water bottles at the vehicle, causing its windscreen to crack.

When the lights turned green, the driver accelerated but veered towards and crashed on the sidewalk outside Sogo shopping complex, hitting and injuring at least two people.

The angry crowd then surrounded the patrol car but volunteers from PKR’s Jingga 13 formed a human shield around the officers, saying “don’t blame them, it’s not their fault.”

Police and Jingga 13 chief Fariz Musa then asked the crowd to disperse but they refused.

After an ambulance took away the injured policemen, the protestors turned the car over on its side but fled when tear gas was fired.