KUALA LUMPUR: A man who was involved in bashing up a 67-year old doctor in a road rage incident has settled the matter with the victim, leaving police with no choice but to release the suspect.
Ampang Jaya district police chief Assistant Commissioner Mohamad Farouk Eshak said the suspect was released after the remand order against him lapsed.
The suspect had been arrested last Tuesday and police had obtained a two-day remand order against him.
He said the suspect and victim's families had their own discussions to resolve the matter and both parties had reached an agreement not to pursue the matter.
Police arrested the local man after he allegedly caused hurt and threatened the doctor in a road crash in Ampang.
In the incident, which occurred at around 10.30am at the Jalan Kolam Air Lama traffic light intersection, a white Mercedes Benz car driven by the man crashed into the rear of a car driven by the doctor.
After arriving at a nearby petrol station, the suspect stopped his car in front of the doctor's car. He then got out of the car and went to open the doctor's car door.
Police had said that the suspect punched the doctor on the right cheek, and pulled the victim's hair and kicked him. The incident was recorded by passers-by and a recording of the incident went viral on social media.
The 27-year-old suspect was later arrested at the Ampang Jaya district police headquarters after giving his statement.
The suspect has no criminal record and he tested negative for drugs.
Today, the Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) called for zero tolerance against such incidents and said it was disturbing to hear of an elderly colleague becoming the latest victim of road rage.