KUALA LUMPUR: A man who gained instant notoriety over his “you want to get whacked is it” threat after being asked to put on a face mask in a public place, will be charged tomorrow.
The 33-year old was caught on camera intimidating and verbally assaulting a nasi lemak stall customer who reprimanded him for not wearing a face mask.
Brickfields district police chief Assistant Commissioner Anuar Omar said police obtained a one-day remand extension against the suspect today.
“The suspect was brought to the court for the remand extension application at the magistrate’s court this morning.
“Insya-Allah (God willing) he will be charged tomorrow for criminal intimidation and not following Covid 19 standard operating procedures (SOP),” he said.
It was reported that the suspect was arrested at his house in Taman Desa on Sunday night, which is not far from where the incident took place earlier that morning.
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 suspect could face up to two years’ imprisonment or a fine or both for his offence including a compound for SOP violation.
A 29-second video of the incident went viral on social media shortly after it happened.
A police report was also lodged by the nasi lemak stall owner’s 21-year-old daughter.
In the video, the suspect was seen scolding and cursing the stall owner and the customer after he was reprimanded for not complying with the SOPs.
The video was allegedly recorded by a bystander who provided a copy to the stall owner after the man left.- NST