Fitness center operator arrested for criminal intimidation

KUALA LUMPUR: A 33-year-old fitness center operator who was filmed threatening to assault a man at a nasi lemak booth in Taman Desa has been arrested by police on charges of criminal intimidation.

Brickfields Deputy Police Chief Superintendent Basri Sagoni said today the suspect was arrested at his home on Monday at 8 p.m. and remanded in custody for two days for investigation.

Basri said the case was being investigated for criminal intimidation under section 506 of the Penal Code and for not wearing a face mask under the rules of the Movement Control Order (MCO ).

At around 10:30 a.m. on Monday, the suspect, who was not wearing a face mask, visited a nasi lemak stand run by a woman and her daughter on Jalan Desa Bakti not far from his house.

The suspect became enraged and reacted aggressively when the owner of the food stand and a customer advised him to use a face mask and follow MCO rules.

He confronted the customer, yelling curses and uttering threats as the stand owner’s 22-year-old daughter tried to calm the growing unrest.

Fearing for her mother and her safety, the stall owner’s daughter filed a police report several hours after the incident.

The incident was filmed by a passerby and was widely shared on social media, angering internet users.

Another video of a separate incident showing the suspect berating two women with profanity also surfaced yesterday.

It is not known when and where the case occurred, but she appears to be at a fitness center and was allegedly taken away by one of the women the suspect checked off.

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