KUALA LUMPUR • A manager of an optical shop in a shopping centre was beaten up by a group of men after he confronted them about a pair of sunglasses that went missing from a display section.
The incident occurred at Berjaya Times Square in the Bukit Bintang tourist belt, near Low Yat Plaza.
The wife of the 34-year-old sales manager, who wanted to be known only as Mrs Lim, said he was on duty when a group of four or five men entered the shop between 9.30pm and 9.45pm last Friday. She was at a nearby shop, waiting for her husband to end his shift.
"He was with a female colleague. The rest of his colleagues were off duty. The group entered the shop and left after browsing around.
"My husband and his colleague then noticed that a pair of sunglasses was missing from the display section," said the housewife. Mrs Lim said her husband's colleague started screaming "pencuri (thief)!" as he chased after the group.
A 27-year-old payroll officer, who wanted to be known only as Carmen, said she was shopping at a personal-care store nearby when she noticed the commotion.
"I went out to have a look and saw one of the men shouting a vulgar word at the sales manager.
"He then shoved the manager to the ground and the group started assaulting him. They were kicking him like a football for about a minute. He had no chance of fighting back," she said.
Carmen added that there were other witnesses at the scene but no one dared to intervene. "A security guard came over and escorted him into the optical shop after the men left. There was a lot of blood coming out of his nose," she said.
The victim was sent to hospital. Police said a report has been made, and they are working on identifying the suspects.
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