It happened on 12 July 2015
Scene at Low Yat Plaza now (pix from colleagues)
Low Yat: Three men fined for causing hurt to suspected thief
Fined RM1,800 each: Low Leong Seng, 29, Eric Chan Weng, 23, and Soo Weng Hing, 26.
Three men fined for causing hurt during brawl at Kuala Lumpur’s Low Yat Plaza http://str.sg/Zn72
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Monday August 10, 2015 MYT 1:09:24 PM
Low Yat trio fined for causing hurt
KUALA LUMPUR: Three men who were at Low Yat Plaza when a brawl erupted following an alleged shoplifting incident, were fined RM1,800 each for causing hurt to Shahrul Anuar Abdul Aziz.
Magistrate Muhamad Faizal Ismail also jailed Low Leong Seng, 29, Eric Chan Weng, 23, and Soo Weng Hing, 26, who were jointly charged, for two months should they failed to pay the fine.
Magistrate Muhamad Faizal sentenced them after they admitted to the charge.
On July 14, Shahrul claimed trial to stealing a Lenovo S860 smartphone, valued at RM800, from a shop at the plaza on July 11.
KUALA LUMPUR — The people who bashed the suspect who stole a mobile phone that led to the brawl at a mall in Kuala Lumpur should be prosecuted to avoid “anxiety among Malay grassroots”, Utusan Melayu, a newspaper owned by United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) said yesterday.
At the same time, the paper’s editors writing under the collective pseudonym, Awang Selamat, warned that the mall, Low Yat Plaza, is a “bomb waiting to explode” if the authorities do not tackle the purported counterfeiting, gangsterism and corruption that is associated with the traders there.
Mob violence broke out among some 200 people who had gathered at Low Yat Plaza on July 12. “Conduct investigations especially into the symptoms of gangsterism and corruption. Expose and arrest anyone involved even if they are holding high positions,” the editors wrote. “If drastic action is not taken, Low Yat Plaza will remain a bomb waiting to explode.”
Opposition Democratic Action Party’s (DAP) Lim Kit Siang yesterday voiced rare agreement with Utusan Malaysia in its claim of the continued risks of unrest over unresolved resentment following last week’s Low Yat Plaza riots. The lawmaker said the lingering threat was not limited to the vicinity of the shopping mall.
“I say it is not just Low Yat Plaza, but the whole of Malaysia is a time bomb waiting to explode if race hatred, religious tolerance, breakdown of rule of law and the collapse of good governance are not resolved urgently,” he said.
Malay Mail Online
Vendors involved in Low Yat brawl no longer in mall
KUALA LUMPUR, July 20 — The sales personnel involved in the alleged theft incident and subsequent fracas that led to riots outside Low Yat Plaza on July 12 are no longer working at the shopping mall.
The mobile phone seller who attended to a youth who has since been charged with stealing a smartphone, is said to have gone on a long vacation.
Elsewhere, the entire staff of the Oppo mobile phone store that was vandalised has also been moved to outlets in other malls.
Johnson Chan, 24, who was manning the Digi kiosk on the first floor of the plaza, said his colleague took the opportunity to go on a break during the festive break as the latter has not done so in a long time.
“We are not afraid because this was an isolated incident,” he told Malay Mail Online, saying that theft cases were usually handled without commotion.
On a visit to the Oppo outlet, Malay Mail Online was informed by the current staff members that they were all brought in from other outlets to replace the previous workers.
“We don’t know what happened to the old staff, but we were all transferred from elsewhere and we only started work on Thursday.
Jul 15, 2015
Police report leak results in harassment
A trader in Low Yat Plaza has complained to the police over the leaking of his previous police report on a phone theft. According to person’s police report lodged at the Jalan Tun HS Lee police station today, the leak had resulted in his identity card number, house address and phone number being made public.
Selangor Gerakan Youth secretary Chai Ko Thing, who accompanied See to the police station, told reporters that subsequent to this, the complainant had suffered severe harassment.
“Since the incident, The person has been receiving threats resulting in him being unable to show up for work out of fear,” said Chai. Chai said the identity of complainants must be protected or else the public would not feel safe when making police reports.
Moreover, he said this was a matter of police professionalism.
The trader was among two complainants in a widely circulated police report which documented the theft of a mobile phone from Low Yat Plaza on Saturday.
Low Yat violence a result of National Civics Bureau indoctrination and hard times: Nurul Izzah http://tdy.sg/1V1A9nQ
… July 15, 2015 KUALA LUMPUR — The racially-charged weekend riot at Low Yat Plaza that broke out over a handphone is symptomatic of the ethnic distrust among Malaysians created by the government’s National Civics Bureau (BTN), PKR’s Nurul Izzah Anwar said.
The PKR vice-president said the ongoing economic uncertainty could have also exacerbated the situation, noting that many of those who rioted had believed unsubstantiated rumours that the handphone seller, a Chinese, had attempted to rip off his Malay customer with a counterfeit product.
“Organised propaganda gets immersed in everyday reality. Training programmes like BTN then marries into the everyday reality faced by the average Malay, the low-income group people where you feel victimised because of your situation in life.”
“You add in unemployment, poor job prospects…. these people then become vulnerable to such racial rhetoric of distrust spewed by BTN, and they act out on it,” she told Malay Mail Online in a recent interview.
Teacher Noorul Aaron of SMK Taman Setiawangsa writes an Open Letter to Jimmy,ex-student, who was involved in the incident.
Dear my boy Jimmy, This is your teacher writing to you knowing that you wouldn’t get the chance reading this. The fact you will face justice in the harshest reality crushed my heart. I spoke to your little brother this morning. We talked about you. About your family. I wish I could wipe his tears away. But we managed to hold back our feelings.
… KUALA LUMPUR: Around 30 traders from Plaza Low Yat were brought to the Dang Wangi police station today to have their statements recorded in connection with Sunday’s brawl at the mall. Plainclothes policemen arrived at the mall at 4.30pm today to escort the traders to the station in police trucks. … The traders, obviously spooked, promptly pulled down their shop’s shutters. They only resumed business around 30 minutes after the police left.
Four retailers arrested for rioting during brawl at KL’s Low Yat Plaza http://str.sg/rAb
Tuesday July 14, 2015 MYT 6:15:10 PM
Low Yat brawl: Four retailers arrested for rioting
PETALING JAYA: Four handphone salesmen have been arrested by police in connection to the riot that broke out at Low Yat Plaza Sunday, with 30 others brought in to assist investigations. KL CID chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Zainuddin Ahmad said the 30 were brought in to identify some of the assailants in the riot Sunday night “Four other retailers were arrested to facilitate investigations into a riot incident,” he said. … The arrival of the police to pick up the 30 people caused a minor panic at the mall. According to witnesses, police started picking up workers from various stores, forcing some to close as there were no workers there to man them. Curious shoppers started to gather at the concourse area and as a huge crowd gathered, panicked traders on the upper floors also closed their shops.
WERE YOU THERE WHEN THE RIOT TOOK PLACE IN THE BUKIT BINTANG AND JALAN DAVIS AREA LAST NIGHT? The police need you as a witness.
… The Kuala Lumpur police have urged witnesses of the riot that took place in the Bukit Bintang and Jalan Davis area last night to come forward. Kuala Lumpur CID chief Zainuddin Ahmad said the help of witnesses were needed for investigations into the incident which left at least five people injured. “The cases are still under investigation. Any independent witnesses should come forward and help the police in this matter,” he told reporters after making his rounds near Low Yat Plaza this evening. http://twib.in/l/Mn5qo6oBA67 — Malaysiakini 1:39PM Jul 13, 2015
Pekida not ordered to go to Low Yat, says chief
The group Pertubuhan Kebajikan Dakwah Islamiah (Pekida) had never issued any official orders for its members to gather at Low Yat Plaza in Bukit Bintang last night, said its president Jamaludin Yusuf. Instead, he said the gathering last night was the action of certain individuals acting on their own, and the gathering had involved Pekida members as well other NGOs and individuals. He appealed to Pekida members to behave themselves to avoid any untoward incidents, and not to engage in any kind of provocation. “There was no official order. We did not manage to issue a statement in time and they had already gone (to Low Yat Plaza). In addition, I live in Kedah, but some people had informed me from Kuala Lumpur. So it was hard to take action in such a situation. “Pekida will monitor the situation. I hope those involved would control themselves so that the situation does not become chaotic,” he told Malaysiakini when contacted. Jamaludin said Pekida would also cooperate with security forces to ensure that the situation does not escalate. “If there is a fight, it only takes a moment. But reconciliation would take years. I hope those involved would control themselves. “We will contain the situation. If thing get out of hand and people don’t obey the security forces, Pekida will take action together with the security forces,” he added. http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/304975 —
Police: ‘No evidence man cheated by Low Yat trader’ http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/304987
… Police today reiterated that there is currently no evidence suggesting that a man arrested for theft at Low Yat Plaza had been cheated by trader. “So far our investigation does not show that (he was cheated). But if it arises we will investigate. “The facts that we have show that is a theft case,” Kuala Lumpur police chief Tajudin Md Isa said. http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/304987 —
Bukit Bintang is safe for all, police declare http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/304981
… There is enough police presence in the Bukit Bintang area, especially in Low Yat Plaza, and so all shops should be allowed to be opened, police said today. Bukit Bintang is therefore safe for all, tourists and locals alike, police ensured today. “There is heavy police presence and we are allowing all shops to open. It is safe, I can say that with confidence,” Kuala Lumpur police chief Tajudin Md Isa said. http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/304981 —
Malay Mail Online
City top cop may open sedition probe on Low Yat brawlers after race card flashed
KUALA LUMPUR: Police must carry out thorough and detailed investigation into the fracas near Low Yat Plaza to avoid further incidents said Bukit Bintang Member of Parliament Fong Kui Lun. He said police must act swiftly as the area is within the Klang Valley’s ‘golden-triangle’, a major tourist attraction in the vicinity. “I hope the police will beef-up the security within the premises to ensure no more untoward incidents will take place again.
… KUALA LUMPUR: Several areas in Bukit Bintang are off-limit for members of the public, despite normalcy returning following an early morning fracas today. … http://www.nst.com.my/node/91945
KUALA LUMPUR: Several areas in the city were in lock-down following mob violence which saw at least four people, including three media personnel, injured just after midnight today. There was visible and strong police presence in the city, especially around Bukit Bintang area where the incident occurred. Police teams were also deployed to man roadblocks citywide, an effort to screen and control who goes into the city to prevent the situation from escalating. The New Straits Times’ team in Bukit Bintang saw hundreds of policemen, including Federal Reserve Unit personnel in full gear, deployed to control the situation there. Mobile Patrol Vehicle (MPV) and Motorcycle Patrol units were seen around the popular tourist area, ordering crowds there to disperse. They included youths who were gathered in groups at restaurants, claiming that they were only having their meals. In one incident at about 3,30am, five youths in their early 20s were handcuffed when they failed to follow police order to disperse from an eatery behind the Berjaya Times Square shopping centre here. Police released the group about 15 minutes later with a warning and after taking down their particulars. The police teams, who went on patrol in large groups, were also seen ordering motorcyclists and motorists who gathered along Jalan Imbi here to leave the area. At 4am, four men in a car were stopped by a group of people at Jalan Imbi during a traffic jam at the road towards Pandan Roundabout. A policeman at the scene said the mob started attacking the victims when they noticed one of the men taking pictures. The policeman was also injured when he tried to stop one of the attackers who was armed with a broken bottle.
Strong police presence around KL after mob violence
Fresh scuffles after midnight at Kuala Lumpur’s Low Yat Plaza; 5 hurt, 3 arrested http://tdy.sg/1L0KqgQ
A melee erupted between thugs and sales people in a smartphone shop at Low Yat Plaza after a group of youth returned to take revenge against the retailers who caught them shoplifting on Saturday.
#lowyatkecoh Keadaan di Jalan Bukit Bintang. Pix Apit
Police seal off access to Low Yat Plaza http://bit.ly/1HxUas5
Monday July 13, 2015 MYT 2:28:25 AM
Five injured in mob attack at Low Yat Plaza
KUALA LUMPUR: Five people were injured, three believed to be journalists, in a mob attack near Low Yat Plaza after police dispersed protesters at the shopping mall. An eyewitness said a group of 50 to 60 men barged into a food outlet near the shopping mall and assaulted the patrons with motorcycle helmets at around midnight. Among those believed to have been targeted was a media photographer. A journalist who tried to protect the photographer was also beaten up. According to the reporter, a group of people shielded the two journalists from the angry mob. The two later sought shelter in a nearby hotel. At press time, it is believed that the police have detained six individuals involved in the mob attack. Two Federal Reserve Unit vehicles were deployed to the scene at 1am. There were also sounds of explosions heard at the scene. Police have cordoned off the main road entrance to the shopping complex. http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2015/07/13/Low-Yat-mob-attack/ — Star
Monday July 13, 2015 MYT 12:45:23 AM
Cops: Three arrested for theft in Low Yat Plaza
PETALING JAYA: Police have arrested four individuals on Sunday aged between 22 and 25, three of them in relation to a theft case in Low Yat Plaza Saturday. “Three were arrested in connection with theft,” said Kuala Lumpur CID chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Zainuddin Ahmad. He said one individual was arrested for provocative behaviour at a protest outside the shopping mall Sunday night. Another four individuals will be picked up to assist in investigations. http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2015/07/13/Low-Yat-theft-involved-say-cops/ — —
Polis akan ambil tindakan terhadap kedua-dua pihak yang bergaduh. Selanjutnya di http://hmtro.com/1CxCuBf
— Sunday 12 July 2015
Crowd gathers to ‘protest’ outside Low Yat Plaza in KL on Sun night after Sat’s brawl http://str.sg/at3
KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – Another disturbance broke out in Low Yat Plaza following Saturday’s (July 11) melee between thugs and sales clerks in a smartphone shop. On Sunday night, a group gathered at the plaza in an apparent continuation of Saturday’s fiasco. The group numbering about 100, believed to have been led by Malay-Muslim group Pertubuhan Kebajikan dan Dakwah Islamiah Se-Malaysia (Pekida), gathered near the mall by around 6.30pm. Police were already on standby in front of the shopping mall by then. “We want to get proper justice,” said a member of the group who identified himself as an “Ayahanda” in the national Pekida level. “We will provide a lawyer to uphold justice,” he said, adding that they were there “only to protest”. At around 8.35pm, the group entered the mall but police managed to bring them out again. The mall was cordoned off by police at about 9pm. The group had gathered to protest what they claimed was “biased investigations” by the police. At about 10pm, the situation had subsided and the crowd had dispersed. http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/crowd-gathers-to-protest-outside-low-yat-plaza-in-kl-on-sunday-night —
Scene at Low Yat Plaza now (pix from colleagues)
12 July 2015 After videos of the brawl made its way to the internet, online debates on this matter has been highly polarised because the mall staff are mostly Chinese while the seven youths were all Malays. Some claim that the Malays were taking revenge on behalf of their friend who was cheated. However, the police have confirmed that there was an element of theft involved.
Inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar has assured that there were no riots following the brawl at Low Yat Plaza yesterday. “I assure that the situation is calm and under control. There are no fights or riots. Don’t believe rumours. Police are in control. “The police have arrested some of those involved in the brawl last night and we are identifying the rest. Let us do our jobs. “The police will take action against both parties involved in the brawl. This has nothing to do with race, but two groups who were fighting,” said Khalid in a series of three tweets. Khalid’s series of tweets were made following the conclusion of a gathering by about 200 people, purportedly representing Malay NGOs, at Low Yat Plaza this evening. It is understood that the gathering was a response to the brawl and “one-sided” investigations, as claimed by the group. … Details are sketchy, but at the time of writing, four people have been arrested in connection to the brawl. http://twib.in/l/zeMBB5GrEop —
mbjandaBAIK retweeted Philip Golingai
“..led by ..Pekida.. “We want to get proper justice,”..”
Police have cordoned off Low Yat Plaza after about 200 people gathered in front of the building in reaction to a brawl which occured inside the building yesterday. The group, who claims to represent Malay NGOs such as Persatuan Kebajikan Islam dan Dakwah Islamiah (Pekida), had tried to enter the main entrance of the building at about 8.35pm, but were stopped from doing so. Video evidence shared on social media suggest that those from this group who made it into the mall were taken away by the police. Low Yat Plaza was shuttered by about 9pm. Police eventually cordoned off the area with yellow tape to prevent the group from gathering. http://twib.in/l/kGEMMqxzX4a — Malaysian Insider
Large crowd gathering outside Low Yat Plaza after melee on Saturday
Sunday July 12, 2015 MYT 8:04:55 PM
Oppo store closed after fight
Susulan kes tujuh lelaki serang kedai telefon di Low Yat, pemilik tampil buat laporan polis http://hmtro.com/1HULn9T
Sunday July 12, 2015 MYT 1:58:37 PM
Nothing racial in Low Yat Plaza melee but thuggery, say police
PETALING JAYA: The melee that took place in Low Yat Plaza on Saturday is not a racial issue but one started by a shoplifting incident, said police. Kuala Lumpur CID chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Zainuddin Ahmad said the incident spiralled out of control when seven men returned to take revenge on the shop assistant who caught the alleged shoplifter. “It has nothing to do with racial sentiments. It’s between the customer and the shop assistants,” he said adding that people should not spread rumours. SAC Zainuddin said a 22-year-old man, believed to be among seven people who went smashing things in the shop, has been detained.
MCA YOUTH wants us to stick our head in the sand and ignore the incident. Star
Sunday July 12, 2015 MYT 1:42:38 PM
MCA Youth urges people not to discuss Low Yat Plaza melee
IPOH: MCA Youth has advised people not to spread videos of Saturday’s melee at Low Yat Plaza as it could cause racial tension. Its chief, Chong Sin Woon, said videos of the incident, where a group of men went to a shop at the mall smashing electronic goods, from several perspectives had been published on social media. He said people should not pass judgment and comments over the incident. “One side is blaming the other and urging people to boycott the shop,” Chong said after opening the Perak MCA Youth annual general meeting here on Sunday. “The videos could spread hatred and create racial tension among the people,” he added. He called on the police to act swiftly. Chong said such incidents could spread fast on social media. http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2015/07/12/Melee-MCA-low-Yat/ —
KUALA LUMPUR: A pandemonium broke out at Low Yat Plaza when seven men ran amok after a friend of theirs was apprehended for allegedly stealing a mobile phone, in Jalan Bukit Bintang here last night. In the 7.50pm incident, the men were said to have gone berserk when they started beating several shop attendants at a phone shop. It was believed that the man was taken in by the plaza’s security guard who then handed him to the police. Some of his friends who were upset with his arrest retaliated and started taking matters into their own hands. The New Straits Times online reported that City police Criminal Investigation Department Chief Datuk Zainuddin Ahmad said one of the men, aged 22, for causing ruckus, while manhunt for the rest is being carried out. … Zainuddin when contacted by Astro AWANI said that police has urged Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry to investigate the suspect who was allegedly cheated by a trader. “Investigation is being conducted from products and sales processes as the suspects claimed that they were cheated by the trader. Since there was fraud involved, we urged KPDNKK to also probe into the case,” he said.
Low Yat Plaza mayhem as 7 men run amok
By– 12 July 2015 @ 2:21 AM
KUALA LUMPUR: Seven men ran amok at Low Yat Plaza in Bukit Bintang, here, last night after their friend was nabbed for allegedly stealing a cellular phone. The 7.50pm incident saw several workers of a phone shop there were beaten up by the group. The men also damaged many products and equipment at the store. City police Criminal Investigation Department chief Datuk Zainuddin Ahmad said police have arrested one of the men, aged 22, for rioting, while manhunt for the rest is being conducted. “Initial investigation revealed that the incident transpired following the arrest of a suspected thief. “The man was nabbed by the plaza’s security guard, who then handed him to police. ” A friend of the suspect was upset with his arrest, and called for the others to retaliate,” he said. He said the amount of losses was estimated to be around RM70,000.
Sunday July 12, 2015 MYT 8:18:35 AM
Melee in Low Yat Plaza
KUALA LUMPUR: A melee erupted between thugs and sales clerks in a smartphone shop at Low Yat Plaza after a group of youth returned to take revenge against the retailers who caught them shoplifting earlier on Saturday. The scuffle was caught on a video that had gone viral on social media. The 7.50pm commotion also brought the popular tech shopping mall to a standstill. Kuala Lumpur CID chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Zainuddin Ahmad said police arrested a 22-year-old man who was believed to be one of the thugs. Police are also hunting the remaining six men who smashed up RM70,000 worth of electronics. The commotion began earlier in the day when the mall’s security guard caught one of the thugs shoplifting in the smartphone store and turned him over to the police. “His friend was not happy and called other people to go to the shop to damage products,” he told reporters. The thugs entered the shop at 7.50pm and began smashing the glass display, flipping over cabinets and smashing phones and other electronic product. The sales clerks in the store tried to stop them and it resulted in an all-out brawl on the ground floor of the shopping mall. Security guards and a police officer were seen standing a few metres away while the fight went on. The thugs shouted at them when they tried to subdue them.