Police have detained two men who were caught on a now-viral video beating two homeless men with a cane (rotan), outside the Komtar building in George Town, Penang.
The two cleaning supervisors, aged 27 and 42, were nabbed in front a bank at the building, which houses the Chief Minister's office, by a team of cops on Sunday night.
Northeast police chief ACP Soffian Santong said investigations revealed that the two men often beat homeless people and beggars who sought shelter at the building.
"We also seized two canes, believed to have been used by the duo to hit the homeless men.
"One of the men has a criminal record, while both tested negative for drugs," the New Straits Times quoted Soffian saying.
Earlier this week, three videos of the alleged assault had gone viral on social media. In one of them, a disabled person can be seen with blood streaming down his head, believed after the assault.
One of the suspects even reportedly beat the person who recorded the episode on his mobile phone, causing the latter to lodge a police report.
Both the suspects have been remanded to facilitate investigations under Section 324 of the Penal Code for causing injury with a weapon, and investigation papers have been sent to the Deputy Public Prosecutor's office for further action.
Following the incident, the management of the Komtar tower have said that it will meet with representatives from the cleaning service company that employed the two suspects.
Photo source: Wikipedia, Malaysiakini
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