Did a Chinese driver get attacked with an axe after he honked at a Malay driver in front of him?!
Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!
Claim : Chinese Driver Attacked With Axe After Honking!
People are now sharing four videos together with this viral message about a Chinese driver getting attacked with an axe after he honked at a Malay driver in front of him!
I will not be posting the videos, because they are shocking in nature. However, these two screenshots should give you an idea of the violence, and the videos I’m referring to.
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Truth : No Chinese Driver Was Hacked With Axe For Honking!
This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS circulating on WhatsApp, and here are the reasons why…
Fact #1 : Incident Occurred In Sabah
Let me start by pointing out that the viral videos are genuine, and were not edited. There was a recent incident where a man was hacked with an axe in Malaysia.
The incident occurred on Wednesday night, 9 August 2023, in Likas, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
Fact #2 : The Man Did Not Honk At Anyone
The incident did not involve honking. The victim – a 37 year-old man, had earlier parked his car at an open space near Menara Kinabalu – the Sabah state administrative centre.
He was having a meal with his 30 year-old girlfriend in his parked car, when three men approached his car at around 9 PM. One of the three man then proceeded to attack the victim with an axe.
The couple managed to escape to the nearby Alamesra police station to seek help, and lodge a police report. The victim was later sent to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for treatment. His girlfriend was not injured.
Fact #3 : Police Are Looking For The Three Men
The police are now looking for the three man to help with their investigation into the case – 37 year-old Withal Jalali, 27 year-old Abdel Jalali, and another man who has not been identified.
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Fact #4 : The Motive Was Not Road Rage
The man who attacked the victim with an axe is believed to be Winhal Jalali – the woman’s ex-husband.
The woman is believed to have married the suspect in 2015, before they divorced about a month ago. She has known the victim for six months before starting a romantic relationship two weeks ago.
Kota Kinabalu Police Chief Assistant Commissioner Mohd Zaidi Abdullah confirmed the incident on Friday, 11 August 2023, stating:
Fact #5 : Victim’s Identity Is Still Unknown
The victim’s identity is currently unknown. The police have not revealed his name, much less his race. Therefore, there is no evidence that he is a Chinese man.
Until and unless the victim and/or the police reveals his identity and race, anyone who tells you that he is a Chinese man is likely telling a tall tale.
Fact #6 : Two Suspects Are Suluk
According to the Kota Kinabalu police, the two suspects who have been identified – Winhal Jalali and Abdel Jalali, are from the Suluk ethnic group.
In other words – the claim in the viral warning that the driver was attacked by a “moody Malay man” is categorically false.
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