GEORGE TOWN: A hawker was left sprawling in a pool of blood after he was attacked by a group of armed men in Macallum Street Ghaut.
The 40-year-old victim was slashed at least five times on his left arm and head by about five men in the 11pm attack on Christmas Day.
The assailants, who were believed to be armed with parang and plastic chairs, fled on foot after seeing the victim collapse.
Passers-by and voluntary patrol unit members immediately came to his aid and called the ambulance.
The members of the patrol unit and the medical personnel helped bandage his injuries.
George Town OCPD Asst Comm Gan Kong Meng said an initial probe showed revenge could be the motive of the attack, adding that the victim was reported to be in stable condition.
“We believe the attack could have stemmed from an earlier argument between the victim and a group of people.
“It is learnt that the victim had scolded a group of people two days ago over some matters,” he said.
“We are still investigating the case. We have more or less identified the assailants and are pursuing them,” he said.
ACP Gan said the case was being investigated under Section 148 of the Penal Code for rioting with weapons.