PETALING JAYA: The public should not spread fake news claiming that the road rage incident that happened in Bangi on Sunday (Aug 11) was racial in nature.
Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Mazlan Mansor said they were aware that news about the case had gone viral on social media, with some claiming there was a racial element to it.
"The police has already issues previous statements on the cause of the incident and the suspect involved is in police custody.
"Those who witnessed the incident should come forward and talk to the police immediately instead of making claims online, " he said in a statement on Monday (Aug 12).
According to Mazlan, the police were aware that certain individuals had manipulated the incident to incite racial sentiments.
"We urge the public not to misuse communication networks in order to threaten unity and divide the races of our country, " he added
It was reported that a fender-bender turned into a car chase and ultimately a fight that led to the death of a motorist on the Plus Highway near Bandar Baru Bangi here.
Following the incident, the police remanded a couple involved in the road rage incident and classified the case as murder.
The police investigation revealed that a 29-year-old man initially knocked into a car driven by a 40-year-old just after the Sungai Besi toll plaza. This led to a car chase and a scuffle between the two at the Bandar Baru Bangi interchange.
Witnesses at the scene broke up the fight and the two drivers returned to their vehicles.
However, the 29-year-old man then got out of his vehicle with a baseball bat and smashed the other car’s bonnet. The older driver lurched his vehicle forward and hit the victim.
The younger man was pinned between the car and the road divider and was subsequently rushed to the Nilai Medical Centre, but died while receiving treatment.
Meanwhile, twitter handle @ZafriAmier, who claims to be the 29-year-old motorists brother-in-law, has urged the public in a tweet not to make any assumptions on the matter and turn the case into a racial issue.
He added that as it was a police case, and his family was leaving it to the police to investigate the matter. He said justice would prevail for the deceased.