Brickfields district police chief Assistant Commissioner Anuar Omar said a 33-year-old man who gained instant notoriety by verbally abusing and intimidating several individuals at a nasi lemak stall after being told to wear a face mask will be charged tomorrow for criminal intimidation and not following Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOP).
A 29-second video of the incident which was said to be recorded by a bystander went viral on social media after it was uploaded on Sunday by the stall owner's 21-year-old daughter known as Lyn, who also lodged a police report. This resulted in the arrest of the man on that very night itself at his house in the same vicinity.
The man was seen in the video hurling profanities at a fellow customer who came to the defence of the stall owner when she was scolded by the man after she signalled for him to put on a face mask. He proceeded to threaten to whack the other customer, advancing towards him in an aggressive and threatening manner, which led to the other man leaving the scene to prevent any further escalation.
The case is being investigated under Section 506 of the Penal Code for criminal intimidation and Regulation 17(1) of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Disease (Measures Within Infected Local Areas (Movement Control) Regulations 2021 for violating the standard operating procedures (SOP) against Covid-19. The man could face up to two years' imprisonment or a fine or both for his offence, as well as a compound for the SOP violation.
Social media users have identified the man as Shyamalan Jaganathan and have shared an older video of him screaming vulgarities at 2 ladies at his workplace, a gym which is currently closed due to the lockdown.
The question on our minds is: will he whack the judge tomorrow? Only time will tell!
Caricature credit: Ernest Ng
Nasi lemak video link: https://www.facebook.com/100001515143779/videos/969986920455035/