KLANG: The employer who assaulted his two bodyguards for fasting allegedly has links to the underworld, says the police.
Selangor police chief Comm Datuk Arjunaidi Mohamed said police arrested the employer and four others for alleged illegal gambling and loan shark activities.
He also said police seized RM28.54mil worth of gold bars and cash in foreign denominations following a raid in Bukit Tinggi on Wednesday (April 14).
"We seized several items including mobile phones, a pistol as well as five bullets and a rattan cane.
"Initial investigations revealed that the suspects have been involved in illegal gambling and ah long activities. We are investigating how long they have been doing such illegal activities," he told a press conference at South Klang police headquarters on Thursday (April 15).
Those arrested have been remanded for further investigation, he added.
"We are also investigating whether the suspects are involved with other syndicates such as the one led by Datuk Seri Nicky Liow," he said.
Comm Arjunaidi urged the public to remain calm as the issue of the bodyguards being assaulted for fasting has been dealt with.
"It is more of a personal matter between those involved and it is an isolated matter.
"We are investigating from all angles," he added.
On Wednesday (April 14), the police received a report on the employer, who was supposedly upset that his two bodyguards were fasting during Ramadan.
The complainant, a 26-year-old bodyguard, told the police that the incident occurred at a condominium in Jalan Pinang.
He claimed that he and a colleague were slapped after telling the suspect they were fasting when he asked them.
The complainant added that they then followed the suspect to his house in Batu Nilam, Klang, where they were beaten with a cane. A gun was also allegedly pointed at one of the bodyguards.
Meanwhile, on Ramadan bazaars, Comm Arjunaidi said there many violations of Covid-19 SOP at the bazaars after two days of fasting.
"We will take stern action on individuals who violated the SOP, including traders and customers. The same goes for bazaar organisers.
"The top offence at such bazaars is lack of physical distancing. We hope traders and customers will take heed and adhere to the SOP," he said.
On inter-state travel, Comm Arjunaidi said Selangor police will scrutinise all application for permits more closely.
"We are also looking to increase roadblocks statewide. We will perform more stringent checks during the weekends," he added.