Ramadan has just started this week and our Muslims friends have already begin fasting. While this happens every year and most Malaysians are accustomed to this practise, one particular 43-year-old man apparently is not.
A local businessman allegedly abused his two bodyguards because they were fasting. He was arrested on suspicion of making threats with a gun and caning the two men.
The incident happened at a condominium in Jalan Pinang late last night. The two bodyguards and their employer, the businessman, were together in the apartment. The man had asked if they were fasting. When they replied that they were, their employer scolded and slapped them on the head. They were then ordered to follow him to his house in Bandar Bukit Tinggi, Klang.
At the house, the two victims were beaten with a cane by the other employees. The employer also grabbed a Glock pistol belonging to a victim and pointed it at one of them while making death threats. According to the police report made by a victim, the suspect had taunted them during the attack by criticising and belittling God. He asked if they wanted to “follow him or God“.
He also mentioned he “has the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) in his hands“. According to China Press, the businessman finally dismissed the two bodyguards and scathingly told them to ask for a salary from the God they believe in.
The two victims suffered bruises and blood clots on the back of their bodies. They later sought treatment at the Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital in Klang before making a police report at the station at 3am yesterday (14th April). They also uploaded photos and shared their experience on social media.
The 43-year-old man was arrested last night in Klang. Police confirmed that the suspect was not drunk or under the influence of drugs at the time of the incident. “They were attacked as the suspect did not want them to fast and had forced them to not do so during the Ramadhan month,” Dang Wangi police chief Mohamad Zainal Abdullah said. “When the victims refused to comply with the suspect’s orders, the man became upset and attacked them.”
The police chief stated that the two victims worked with a security firm as bodyguards. They had 3 and 7 years of experience in the line of work respectively.
The police have opened an investigation citing Article 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and Article 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Criminal Code. According to Mohamad Zainal, they have confiscated the pistol and are currently tracking down other suspects to assist in the investigation.