Six arrested over viral street fight

The police arrive at the scene to resolve the fight.

SIBU: Police have arrested six men who were involved in a fight at Jalan Foochow. A video of the incident went viral on Wednesday afternoon (Dec 16).

Sibu police chief ACP Stanley Jonathan Ringgit confirmed the arrest in a statement on Thursday (Dec 17).

He said five suspects were arrested at the scene at 4.45pm while a 39-year-old suspect was arrested later that day.

“The cause of the fight was a small accident that caused dissatisfaction among those involved.

“The incident happened at 4pm when two suspects in a Proton vehicle were believed to have been hit by a Hyundai vehicle driven by a man at a narrow road area,” said Stanley.

“The owner of the Proton car and his friend then got out of their vehicle and fought with the other driver who then fled the scene.”

He explained that the two suspects then called their friends — the four suspects — who arrived at the scene to look for the other driver.

“The commotion is believed to be caused by the accident,” he said.

Stanley added that a police team from the Sibu Criminal Investigation Department (CID), who was patrolling the scene, found the six suspects acting aggressively and brandishing weapons in the form of sticks and machetes.

“Police then arrested all six men and confiscated the weapons,” said the police chief.

Following that, the police also managed to detect and detain the other driver.

Among the weapons seized were two machete blades, a stick and a boomerang. Both cars were also taken to the Sibu Central Police Station.

“All the suspects will be remanded today and the case is being investigated under Section 148 of the Penal Code and Section 6 of the Corrosive and Explosive Substances and Offensive Weapons Act,” said Stanley.