KUALA LUMPUR - The Malaysian Press Photographers Association (MPPA) has lodged a police report against the individual responsible for punching a photographer at the Nirvana Memorial Centre in Sungai Besi.
Its president Zainal Halim (pic) condemns the act, saying that the assault had ruined public perceptions of photographers as well as the integrity of the profession.
"We view this matter seriously as the assault left him with a fractured nose and a broken camera.
"The photographer was simply doing his job and was not there to pick a fight with anybody.
"The assault on him was completely uncalled for," he said Thursday.
Zainal explained though photographers were assaulted in the past while covering protests, there was never a need to lodge police reports, as emotions are understandably intense during protests.
"The family could have told us in a non-aggressive way that they did not want media coverage.
"We would have understood and give them their space.
"There was no need to resort to violence to get their message across," he said.
Zainal urged the police to investigate the matter with fairness and to consider both sides of the story before taking necessary action.
On Tuesday, a scuffle between a family member of Subashni J. Retnam and an English daily photographer ensued at the funeral parlour.
It was reported that several family members were riled up with the presence of the media as the funeral was supposed to be a private affair.
Subashni, popularly known by her stage name Shuba Jaya, was a television and theatre actress.
Her husband, Paul Goes, was employed by a Dutch-based company in the capital.
The couple had been returning to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam, where they had taken their daughter, Kaela Maya Jay, to visit her grandparents, when their plane was shot down.