Crowd gathers to 'protest' outside Low Yat Plaza in KL on Sunday night

A crowd of about 100 gathered outside the shopping mall on Sunday night.
A crowd of about 100 gathered outside the shopping mall on Sunday night. PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK
Malaysian police maintaining a presence outside the mall.
Malaysian police maintaining a presence outside the mall. PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Another disturbance broke out in Low Yat Plaza following Saturday's (July 11) melee between thugs and sales clerks in a smartphone shop.

 

On Sunday night, a group gathered at the plaza in an apparent continuation of Saturday's fiasco.

The group numbering about 100, believed to have been led by Malay-Muslim group Pertubuhan Kebajikan dan Dakwah Islamiah Se-Malaysia (Pekida), gathered near the mall by around 6.30pm.

Police were already on standby in front of the shopping mall by then.

"We want to get proper justice," said a member of the group who identified himself as an "Ayahanda" in the national Pekida level.

"We will provide a lawyer to uphold justice," he said, adding that they were there "only to protest".

At around 8.35pm, the group entered the mall but police managed to bring them out again.

The mall was cordoned off by police at about 9pm.

The group had gathered to protest what they claimed was "biased investigations" by the police.

At about 10pm, the situation had subsided and the crowd had dispersed.

On Saturday, a fight erupted between the thugs and sales clerks after a group of youth returned to take revenge against the retailers who allegedly caught one of them shoplifting earlier on Saturday.

Some commenters on social media claimed that the brawl was due to one of the youths being sold a fake phone, but the claim has not been verified.

Kuala Lumpur CID chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Zainuddin Ahmad said police arrested a 22-year-old man, believed to be one of the thugs.

Police are also hunting the remaining six men who caused around RM70,000 (S$25,000) worth of damage to the shop.