SINGAPORE — Former Mediacorp actor Ng Aik Leong, known by his Chinese name as Huang Yiliang, was found guilty of assaulting a worker in his employ with a metal scraper.
Ng, 59, was convicted after trial of using the weapon against Bangladeshi national Jahidul, who only goes by one name, twice on his head and once on the abdomen at the canteen of Singapore Islamic Hub on 11 December 2018.
The prosecution told the court that Ng had “relentlessly verbally abused” Jahidul for months. Jahidul had arrived in Singapore on 14 October 2018 to work for Ng at his firm, HYL Enterprises. He stayed at Ng’s house and slept in a room where the tools were kept.
According to Deputy Public Prosecutor Chong Kee En, Ng would often enter Jahidul’s room at night, turn on the lights and hurl vulgarities at him.
Even though Jahidul indicated he wanted to resign, he felt threatened by Ng’s threat to falsely report him to the Manpower Ministry so that he could never return to Singapore.
Two audio recordings produced in court captured incidents before 11 December 2018 where Ng was also abusive.
One of these recorded an exchange on 26 November 2018, where Ng had also attempted to kick and attack Jahidul with a hammer, after the worker failed to take a photo of a water tank to his satisfaction. Jahidul ran away from Ng crying and tried to seek help from someone at Sim Lim Square to no avail.
In the other recording, Ng could be heard verbally abusing Jahidul for buying cable ties for 50 cents more.
The final straw occurred on 11 December 2018, when Jahidul was finishing cleaning works at the Singapore Islamic Hub, said the prosecution. Upset with the victim, Ng took a “heavy scraper” with a “40cm-long wooden handle and a 15cm rusty, sharp metal tip” and thrust it at Jahidul.
Ng then brought the scraper over his head and brought it down on Jahidul’s head, causing a bruise on the left of the victim’s scalp.
As part of his defence, Ng, who was unrepresented, had claimed that Jahidul would often fake forgetfulness “as if he were a child” and asked to be hit as part of his learning process. He maintained that Jahidul had asked to be hit under an “agreement” in order to help him remember “important” things.
“So (Jahidul) acted blur every day, and reminded me to hit him. He will tell me he’s sorry every day, and acted that he was very apologetic,” Ng testified during his trial.
Ng claimed that Jahidul was simply waiting for a moment to call the police so that he could leave his contract.
In convicting Ng, District Judge (DJ) John Ng said that the prosecution had proven its case beyond a reasonable doubt.
Ng will return to court on 26 February to be sentenced for this charge.
Ng faces a pending charge of fighting with a man, Mogana Raj Saravanan, along Buffalo Road and hitting him on the back of his head with a mobile phone on 9 June last year. Ng denied the elements of the charge to DJ Ng, who sent the case back to pre-trial conference. With the decision, Ng will undergo another trial for this charge.
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