Did HK actress stage Bentong snatch theft?

By May Robertson

PETALING JAYA, June 6 — Hong Kong actress Grace Lam, who claimed a man in Bentong snatched her handbag, has been criticised by MCA for tarnishing Malaysia’s reputation.

The party’s presidential council urged the authorities yesterday to take action against her after a live video recorded on her Facebook page on Saturday was suspected to have been staged.

“As a public figure, she has shown a bad example by lying and she has caused the image and reputation of Bentong and Malaysia to be tarnished,” the council said in a statement.

“Irresponsible acts of creating fake news regarding criminal activities are unfair to hardworking and dutiful enforcement authorities. She has tarnished the country’s image.”

The council urged the authorities to conduct an investigation.

It also supported a suggestion by Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar to bar Lam from entering the country if she had spread false news to her online viewers.

MCA party president and Bentong MP Datuk Sri Liow Tiong Lai said adding Lam to the list of unwelcomed individuals would be the right thing to do. He urged her to explain her actions.

In the three-minute video, Lam is shown asking her viewers if they knew where she was, and in the last few seconds of the clip, a man is seen running behind her and “snatching” her handbag.

She also told a Hong Kong newspaper her handbag had been snatched.

Social media users have demanded an explanation from Lam, who has stated the incident was a misunderstanding. She has since issued an apology and deactivated her Facebook account.