KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): Police denied that the motive for the fight between a group of residents armed with weapons at a block of the Sri Johor Flats in Cheras on Wednesday (Jan 2) night was due to racial issues.
Cheras Deputy OCPD Supt Kamal Khan Mohd Shariff said the preliminary investigation had instead revealed that the fight was believed to be linked to a drug abuse case.
“Further investigation is being carried out to identify the real cause for the fight at about 7.30 pm.
“The motive for the fight which was claimed to be due to racial issues as viralled in the social media was not true,” he told a media conference after having a meeting with the Sri Johor Residents’ Association, here Thursday (Jan 3).
Kamal Khan said three men aged between 20 and 24 years old who were injured in the fight had been taken to Hospital Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (HUKM) and were remanded for three days beginning Thursday.
Meanwhile, he said police were also tracking down the irresponsible individuals who had viralled the incident by issuing fake statements so as to cause fear among the residents.
The case was being investigated under Section 148 of the Penal Code for rioting using weapons.
A resident who only wished to be identified as Rohani, in her 50s, when approached by Bernama said she heard loud noises during the incident and felt afraid to go out of the house.
“During the incident, I was alone at home so I felt very scared. I have lived in the area for more than 30 years and hoped the authorities could take action to ensure that the residential area was safe for the residents,” she said. – Bernama