KOTA KINABALU: Police have calmed tensions in Sabah's Ranau district following the arrest of five foreigners allegedly involved in a clash with locals.
"Ranau is under control.
"There are no indications of any potential retaliation from either side," said Ranau district police chief Deputy Supt Mohd Shahrul Abdul Wahab on Tuesday (June 11).
Tensions were brewing on Monday (June 10) among Ranau folks after messages on social media claimed people were gathering around an illegal immigrant settlement following the clash between foreigners and locals on Sunday (June 9).
DSP Mohd Sharul, in confirming the arrest of five foreigners, did not disclose the reason for the clash in Ranau town.
Previously on Monday, he had called for calm and asked people to not to take the law into their hands.
Meanwhile, police are continuing their investigations into the case of a 28-year-old local man who suffered injuries to his head and body after being caught in the fight between two groups.
The victim had told police that he was standing in front of a convenience store when he saw a group of men coming out of a car and attacking another group at about 12.15pm.
The victim fled but two foreigners chased and hit him several times on the back of his head and body with a metal pipe.
He managed to slip away from his attackers.
The case is being investigated under Section 324 of the Penal Code for voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons.