On 13 July 2015, a mob started attacking people near Low Yat Plaza. Several people were injured, including two members of the media. Here is our report on the 2015 Low Yat Plaza mob attack.
The Low Yat Plaza Mob Attack Videos & Pictures
Originally posted @ 2015-07-13
After the mob was kicked out of Low Yat Plaza, there were reports that they were randomly attacking people in the area. The first casualty was probably this reporter (who we think is from China Press). He was taking pictures of the mob when he was noticed (at about 1:25 in the clip below).
The mob started to shout at him, while shoving him away. They then started to kick and beat him, forcing him to move away before running. However, that only incensed them and they chased him while raining punches and kicks at him. A reporter and a photographer from Sin Chew Daily were also attacked and injured.
The mob then rampaged through the area, randomly attacking people, including patrons of a nearby food outlet. Five persons (at the latest count) were injured badly enough to require medical attention, including one man who was left bleeding and shirtless. You can see him in the photos below.
Updated @ 2015-07-15
We have an improved version (with scene-by-scene commentary) of the video that was taken by a motorcyclist at the scene. It shows two men being dragged out of a car and beaten by these hooligans. Even more troubling is the fact that at least two policemen were present at the beginning but did nothing to stop the two men from being attacked. SHOCKING!
We would like to commend a motorcyclist at the scene (wearing a yellow shirt and a red helmet) who can be seen trying to help shield one of the men. We have no idea who he is, but we TABIK you, sir!
Of course, not all police officers just stood aside. Some tried their best to keep everyone calm. These officers deserve our salute! Take a look!
These photos were taken at about 1 am, along Jalan Ampang Hilir. You can see Delaney’s Irish Pub and the Federal Hotel in the first picture. They are located just behind Low Yat Plaza.
There was heavy police presence since the Low Yat Plaza mob started gathering in the evening, after the breaking of fast. However, their presence didn’t stop the mob from attacking and injuring people.
Frankly speaking, the outpouring of racism and violence is disproportionate to the incident. After all, this is really just a case of a thief who was disgruntled because he was apprehended after stealing a smartphone. Why would this incident spark accusations of abuse or cheating by the “ungrateful DAP Chinese“, as one Malay NGO leader put it?
The outlandish response of the Malay NGOs, as well as their ability to quickly organise such a large mob over such a petty affair, has made many Malaysians wonder if this is an attempt to divert attention from the 1MDB scandal, particularly the currently hot topic of whether and why would large amounts of money be funnelled into the personal accounts of our Prime Minister and his lovely wife.
Despite their heavy presence, the police are apparently not able to control these Malay NGOs and their mob. This lends the perception that a small riot may be just the thing the government desires to draw attention from bigger issues. We hope this really isn’t the case, because people could have been killed!
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