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Monday, December 5, 2016

Police hunting down suspects involved in whipping man in viral video

KUALA LUMPUR - Police are expected to make more arrests of suspects involved in the incident where a man was whipped at a funeral parlour in Penang.

Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim said they are in the midst of identifying those featured in a video clip that went viral on social media a few days ago.

"The one who assaulted the 47-year-old victim, was nabbed but we are looking for the remaining perpetrators, especially those who picked the victim from Ipoh and those who restrained him," he said after attending the 61st anniversary celebrations of the Federal Reserve Unit (FRU) here today.

He said since the suspects are linked to an underworld gang, they could also be investigated under the Prevention of Crime Act (Poca) for possible links to gangsterism.

It was reported that the victim was picked up by several men after he insulted the deceased 'Datuk M' on Facebook on Friday night.

Police later rescued the victim at a funeral parlour and arrested one of them who beat up the victim with a rubber hose on the same day.

In the one-minute-and-40-second video, the victim, kneeling down, was seen being hit at least 45 times with a rubber hose. He was also kicked in the chest.

"Datuk M" (Muda) was the nickname of Datuk Ong Teik Kwong, who was shot dead on Friday by his own bodyguard.

On another matter, Noor Rashid said that all pending investigations involving Red Shirt leader Datuk Seri Jamal Yunos will come to an end soon.

"I can assure you the investigation is ongoing and we will conclude it soon," he said, referring to Jamal's alleged Facebook posting on Sept 21 pledging that a repeat of the May 13 tragedy will occur if the Bersih 5 rally takes place.

Jamal had claimed that his name had been used to create a fake Facebook account while IGP Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar described Jamal's statement as "seditious" and pledged zero tolerance.

Earlier at the event, Noor Rashid said the FRU's intelligence unit would work with district police chiefs, special branch and other relevant departments in monitoring the nation's security.

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