Fake news leads to gang beating of Chinese security guards in Kuantan

14-Jul-2018 Intellasia | New Straits Times | 6:02 AM Print This Post

A viral social media message alleging that a lorry driver had been beaten to death at the Malaysia-China Kuantan Industrial Park (MCKIP) near Gebeng here incited a group of men to wreak havoc at the site last night. In the 10pm incident, four security guards from China on duty at the site suffered multiple injuries after being attacked by the assailants, who were armed with iron rods, wooden planks and motorcycle helmets. One 28-year-old guard sustained a fractured leg, while three of his colleagues, aged between 28 and 32, were also injured when they were bludgeoned with the objects after being ambushed at the MCKIP’s main guardhouse. Four other security guards managed to escape and alert the authorities. The assailants had fled the premises by the time the police arrived on the scene. “An investigation revealed that the group (was responding to) a rumour spread on social media that a lorry driver had been beaten to death at the MCKIP, and they were seeking revenge by attacking the security guards. “(In addition to assaulting the guards), the men damaged a security barrier and broke a security mirror at the guardhouse,” district police chief Assistant Commissioner Mohd Noor Yusof Ali told reporters at a press conference at the district police station today. He said one of the victims was warded at a private hospital here, while three others received outpatient treatment at the same hospital. Meanwhile, Mohd Noor stressed that the viral message on a ‘deadly beating’ was fake, and added that police are attempting to track down the party responsible for creating and or spreading the message. The case is being investigated under Section 326 of the Penal Code for voluntarily causing grievous hurt with dangerous weapons; Section 148 of the Penal Code for rioting with the use of weapons; and under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.



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