Leave it to the police

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  • Friday, 16 Dec 2016

Low Yat Plaza case

I REFER to the report “Shoppers bash up pervert” (The Star, Dec 14). I was puzzled why the security personnel at the Johor Baru mall where an auditor was beaten up after he was caught filming an upskirt video, did not stop the unruly shoppers but allowed them to take the law into their own hands.

From the photo that was published along with the report, the 27-year-old man was not armed. Neither was it a case of violence where the victim suffered grievous hurt.

How could the guards allow members of the public to beat him up after he was tied up with nylon cables? A man was even seen stepping on the auditor’s chest as he lay helpless on the floor.

Those cables must have also been supplied by the guards because these are widely used by supermarket guards to tie shoppers’ bags before they are allowed into their premises.

Since that incident happened in a shopping mall, I wonder why the guards had not been trained professionally to handle a critical situation like that. After the person had been caught by members of the public, he must first be taken into the mall’s security office together with the victim for investigation. In the course of investigation, the guards have no power to beat the offender either. A police report must be made and the person handed over to the police for further action.

We have seen too many instances of unruly mobs who took the law into their own hands that ended with grave consequences. It brought to mind the violent episode at Low Yat Plaza in Kuala Lumpur last year (pic), where the shoplifter was bashed up by shop assistants, triggering a riot later that evening. Even a minor motor accident could be a potential flashpoint for an angry mob. Such acts of violence go against public order.

A citizen’s arrest is commendable. However, violent assaults which may cause death or serious injury to the perpetrators or offenders should be avoided.

For the above case, the police should haul up those individuals who were involved in the ruckus based on the closed-circuit TV at the mall. By doing so, they could prevent this case from setting a precedent. Cases like this should be left entirely to the police to investigate and the court of law to mete out the rightful punishment.


Petaling Jaya

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