Nine rounded up for fighting

Miri OCPD ACP Hakemal Hawari

MIRI: Nine men, including a South Korean, were arrested after a video of them fighting at the Times Square here, went viral on Thursday (Jan 21).

District police chief ACP Hakemal Hawari said those arrested were aged between 18 and 48, and the cause of the fight that happened around 8.10pm,was identified as a staring incident between the suspects.

The fight started at a cafe when a 19-year-old teenager was accused of staring at a 23-year-old man, who was with five friends inside the premises.

“This caused the (23-year-old) man to approach the teenager’s table and pushed him. The man’s friends surrounded the teen and his 18-year-old friend, and a fight broke out.

“The 19-year-old then called his father and when his father, 48, arrived, he was infuriated at seeing his son surrounded by several men.

“The father took out a sword measuring 99cm from his car. A struggle happened between the father and the men as he wanted to defend his son,” said ACP Hakemal.

The fight was eventually broke up by Times Square auxiliary policemen, who arrived at the scene, and both groups, who suffered minor injuries, went to the police station to lodge a police report.

ACP Hakemal said investigations found no elements of gangsterism and not all of them were involved in the fight but more to the point of shoving and falling.

The case is being investigated under Section 148 of the Penal Code for rioting and Section 6 (1) of the Corrosive and Explosive Substances and Offensive Weapons Act (CESOW) 1958.