Picture taken by Jeff Ooi, from Paul Choo’s blog:
Choo, was the photographer-blogger, a friend of Jeff Ooi’s, who was hurt when a group of Umno Youth allegedly attacked the Keadilan candidate, Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, in Ijok on 21 April 2007.
He relates a personal account of his story in his blog “Talking+Photo” today, at 2.30 a.m.
Choo said “I have never in my life, expected of all people in Malaysia, that this could happen to me. And happened it did on that terrifying day 21 April 2007 in Ijok”.
Both Choo and Jeff were invited to have lunch in a small Malay eatery with Khalid that day.
He said after lunch, as he was getting into the car and driving out towards the main road, they were surrounded by more than 20 rowdies in umno youth uniforms behaving in an intimidating unruly manner, trying to prevent us from driving out, at the same time kicking all over the car body.
“They even attempted to snatch our cameras,” recounted Choo.
Other acts of violence which Choo blogged about was “smashing a mineral water bottle hitting with such great force, with the intention of causing fatal injury”.
The act broke Choo’s spectacles and made deep cuts just below his right eye (as depicted in photo above).
“With blood dripping from the cut wounds and without my spectacles and my vision impaired from the blow, I still managed to drive away from the scene and stopped a safe distance in front of a petrol station,” he added.
Choo said he and Jeff were “shell-shocked as if we have just escaped from a war zone”.
He said he then grabbed some tissues to wipe and stop the flow of blood from the wounds. Then some KeADILan members who were following them, escorted them in another vehicle to Ijok town centre to seek medical attention in a nearby clinic.
“On further observation of the wounds, I realised that I could have been blinded by this stupid hooligans,” Choo said.
Choo added they could have called for a press conference to denounce the despicable action and behaviour that they had undeservedly suffered “in the hands of this bunch of hooligans”.
“And we could have easily too, allowed Parti KeADILan to capitalise on this incident to condemn Barisan Nasional for their members’ violent behaviour in their by-election campaigning to hopefully garner more votes to their advantage, which they rightly deserve,” he said further.
“We decided to remain calm and tried not to aggravate the situation for the sake of our own safety while we were still in Ijok”.
Read rest of his story here.