Video of man slapping car wash worker in Malaysia goes viral

Footage from a closed-circuit television camera showed the owner of a luxury SUV slapping a foreign worker, allegedly for dirtying his car.
Footage from a closed-circuit television camera showed the owner of a luxury SUV slapping a foreign worker, allegedly for dirtying his car. PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Netizens in Malaysia are up in arms after a video of a man slapping a foreign worker for allegedly dirtying his car went viral.

Closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage showed the foreign worker holding a washcloth while sitting in the front seat of a luxury SUV.

The car owner asked him to get out, then scolded and slapped him hard in the face.

The clip was uploaded by the owner of the car wash, Ms Atie Abdul Hamid. She said the man got angry with the worker, accusing the worker of dirtying his car.

"The man did not want to pay for the car wash, and instead asked for RM1,000 from the man sitting in and dirtying his car when he was trying to clean the windscreen," said Ms Atie.

She added that the worker got slapped a second time at another location that caused the worker to "bleed non-stop".

She said that the CCTV at the second location was not working, but she snapped a picture of the ground with the blood.

After visiting a clinic, the clinic doctor referred the worker to the hospital where doctors confirmed that the worker has a broken nose.

"An X-ray confirmed that it is a broken nose. The follow-up is on Monday," said Ms Atie.

When contacted, she said that the worker is still at the hospital and that she was busy attending to him.

The video has since received almost 29,000 "likes" and more than 58,000 shares. It has been viewed more than 1.5 million times.

Several netizens commented on the video and criticised the man for being arrogant and a bully.

Many also urged Ms Atie to lodge a police report against the man.

Said Facebook user Matthew Loh: "How is the worker going to wipe inside without sitting down? Does he want him to take a shower first and spray perfume before entering? I hope the bully gets charged. Not wanting to pay and demanding compensation seems like a huge excuse not to pay at all."