GEORGE TOWN: A long-simmering grudge between two pasembor vendors at a food court and a dispute over customers sparked a brawl on Tuesday (Feb 1) that led to seven men being arrested.
Acting George Town OCPD Supt V. Saravanan said the suspects were detained after they surrendered themselves at the north-east district police headquarters.
"A 44-second video clip went viral on Facebook showing a group of individuals fighting.
"Police learned that the incident happened at about 11.40pm on Tuesday (Feb 1) at the food court involving several local men," he said in a statement on Thursday (Feb 3).
Supt Saravanan said a police report on the incident was lodged by a 36-year-old stall operator at Medan Selera Padang Kota Lama.
Supt Saravanan said according to the complainant, he was at his stall when a misunderstanding between him and five other men escalated into a fight.
He added that the five suspects were related to the complainant.
He said investigations revealed that the fight was triggered by jostling for customers by two traders who bore an old grudge against one another.
"During the fight, both parties used chairs and sticks as weapons," he said.
The case was being investigated under Section 148 of the Penal Code for rioting with weapons, he added.
Police have appealed to anyone who witnessed the incident or with information on the case to come forward to help in the investigation.
Penang Island City Council public health and licensing committee alternate chairman Nicholas Theng said the two traders involved in the fight were given show-cause letters on Thursday.
"We have summoned them to a meeting with the council's panel to explain themselves and resolve any dispute that may have caused the incident," he said.
Theng said the council will decide on the next course of action against the traders after the meeting.