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The Covid-19 crisis has definitely gotten Malaysians on edge, but the ‘new normal’ does not excuse people from rude and violent behaviour.
A man who was recently caught on camera throwing verbal threats and abuse at people at a nasi lemak stall in Kuala Lumpur was arrested by police on Sunday (18 July).
Brickfields Deputy Police Chief Basri Sagoni confirmed that the 33-year-old suspect was apprehended at his home in Taman Desa at 8pm, a short distance away from the nasi lemak stall on Jalan Desa Bakti he had berated around 10am that same day.
Now recognised by some as the angry ‘Tank Top’ guy, the suspect who’s apparently a fitness centre operator, had reacted aggressively towards the nasi lemak seller and their customers after he was reprimanded for not wearing a face mask in public.
It’s okay then f*ck off. Don’t talk so much. F*ck off. Why the f*ck are you still here, waiting only? F*cker, you wanna kena whack this morning? Sunday morning you wanna kena whack ah?Tank Top guy via Says.
Tank Top guy’s outburst was even immortalized by local cartoonist Ernest Ng Thye Sern who drew up a two-dimensional version of the character as netizens collectively express their disdain towards the man’s manners.
As the issue went viral, another video allegedly showing Tank Top guy being rude to people at a local gym also made its way onto social media.
The suspect is to be remanded for 24 hours and investigated for violating Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOP) under Regulation 17(1) of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Disease (Measures Within Infected Local Areas (Movement Control) Regulations 2021, as well as, under Section 503 of the Penal Code for criminal intimidation.
You can’t simply threaten to ‘whack’ people, even online.
According to Section 503 of the Penal Code, criminal intimidation is when someone “threatens another with any injury to his person, reputation or property”.
Section 506 of the Penal Code states that the punishment for criminal intimidation is a minimum of two years imprisonment, a fine or both.
Imprisonment may be extended up to seven years if the intimidation was to cause death, severe injury, to cause destruction of property by fire, impute unchastity to a woman or to cause an offence punishable with death or imprisonment.
Intimidation sent online via social media or other communication applications are also punishable under Section 211 of the Communication and Multimedia Act (Act 588) which makes a person liable to a fine of not more than RM50,000 or one year imprisonment for providing content considered indecent, obscene, false, menacing, or offensive in character with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass people.
Blackmail or threatening someone with indecency can also land a person in jail. Read More: Malaysian Laws That Protect You When An Ex Threatens To Leak Your Nudes
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