How did 23-year-old mechanic Chang Jiun Haur suffered grievous bodily harm with broken nose, broken teeth and concussion?
Lance corporal Fariz Abdul Samad, who was supervising a FRU squad at the scene, told this to the Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) today.
"There was no reason for us to hit or bang the car. We only wanted them (the driver and the passengers) to come out," Fariz said when he was grilled by Suhakam.
According to Fariz, it appeared that Chang’s foot was still on the accelerator pedal.
Fariz also denied that the FRU personnel together with plainclothes policemen had assaulted Chang. "I did not see it (the assault) and I believe there was no violence," he said, maintaining this stand throughout the entire inquiry session. He also explained that there was no order given to charge towards the car.
The inquiry panel members also asked Fariz if he had witnessed any FRU personnel being injured in the incident. The lance corporal replied that he was not aware of any injuries at that moment but had later accompanied the two personnel to file a police report and seek medical treatment at the Kajang Hospital.
The duo were identified as constable Mohd Azniey Ahmad Supian, who sustained injuries to his right thumb, and constable Muhammad Firdaus Abdul Rasid who was injured in the knee.
At this juncture, head of the Suhakam panel commissioner Zaiton Othman instructed to replay the 30-minute video clip evidence on the incident. She then asked Fariz to identify himself and to prove that the FRU personnel were hit by the car.
However, Fariz was unable to pinpoint his position but asserted that he was close enough to see his officers being knocked by the car. Following this, Suhakam commissioner Dr Chiam Heng Keng asked if he had rushed to the aid of the injured personnel, to which Fariz replied: "I did not, I was focussed on what was happening around me. I had to prevent my troops from more harm.“
Dr Mahathir told reporters that Mr Anwar might have hurt himself to gain public sympathy. "It's not impossible because he will get plenty of mileage if he showed he was abused by police," Dr Mahathir was quoted as saying by the national news agency Bernama. (Read the news here).