KUALA LUMPUR: A 43-year-old businessman was arrested today for allegedly assaulting and threatening his two bodyguards for fasting.
The bodyguards suffered severe bruises and blood clots after being assaulted with canes by their employer and several of his other employees.
The victims were also allegedly threatened with a pistol.
Dang Wangi police chief ACP Mohamad Zainal Abdullah said today that the incident occurred on Tuesday at the lobby of the One KL condominium at Jalan Pinang here at about 10pm.
He said the suspect had approached both his bodyguards and asked them if they were fasting.
Mohamad Zainal said after the victims told the man that they were, the suspect scolded them and hit them on the head.
He said the victims were then taken to the suspect’s house in Bandar Bukit Tinggi, Klang.
Mohamad Zainal said the suspect and several of his workers then whipped the victim with a rotan, severely injuring them.
He said the suspect then snatched a Glock pistol which one of the victims was carrying before pointing it at them.
Mohamad Zainal said the suspect allegedly threatened to kill the victims with the handgun.
“They were attacked as the suspect did not want them to fast and had forced them to not do so during the Ramadhan month. When the victims refused to comply with the suspect’s orders, the man became upset and attacked them.” he said.
Mohamad Zainal said the victims who worked for a security company and were hired and posted as bodyguards for the suspect.
He said the victim who lodged a police report had worked with his company for three years while his colleague had served the company for seven years.
Mohamad Zainal said the suspect was arrested in Klang at about 8.30pm today and the case is being investigated for causing hurt and criminal intimidation.
It is learnt that police are looking for more suspects who are involved in the case.
Copies of the victim’s police report also made its rounds in the social media yesterday.
In his reports, a victim alleged that during the attack, the suspect had taunted him and his colleague for fasting by criticising and belittling God, asking them if they wanted to “follow him or God”.
The victim also alleged that the suspect told them “ he has the IGP (Inspector-General of Police) in his hands” if they planned to lodge a complaint against him.
He alleged that he the suspect and several others took turns to assault him at the house.