Everyone on the Internet is now abuzz by the news that 7 Malay youths attacked and destroyed the OPPO outlet in Plaza Low Yat yesterday (the 11th of July 2015) at around 7:50 pm. Piecing together the various disjointed citizen reports, it appears that this was what happened :
- One of these youths purchased an OPPO smartphone from a shop in Low Yat Plaza
- He later discovered that it was not an original set, but a clone of the actual OPPO smartphone.
- He went back to the shop to confront the seller who refused to exchange the clone phone for the real deal.
- The youth then went to the OPPO retail shop in Plaza Low Yat and snatched the actual OPPO smartphone, leaving the clone phone there.
- The OPPO staff reported him to the police and he was hauled off to the police station.
- The youth was let off by the police and the OPPO outlet owner because he had the receipt of his purchase (of the cloned phone).
- However, he was apparently still very unhappy about the whole incident and brought his gang of 6 other youths to “trash things out” with the OPPO outlet.
Please note that these are based on various citizen reports, and may not necessarily be accurate. I will change them as and when newer or confirmed reports come in.
OPPO Low Yat Plaza Attacked By Thugs! (Final Update)
Update #1 : The Star has reported that it was just revenge for a shoplifting incident :
Kuala Lumpur CID chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Zainuddin Ahmad said police arrested a 22-year-old man who was believed to be one of the thugs.Police are also hunting the remaining six men who smashed up RM70,000 worth of electronics.
The commotion began earlier in the day when the mall’s security guard caught one of the thugs shoplifting in the smartphone store and turned him over to the police.
“His friend was not happy and called other people to go to the shop to damage products,” he told reporters.
The thugs entered the shop at 7.50pm and began smashing the glass display, flipping over cabinets and smashing phones and other electronic product.
The sales clerks in the store tried to stop them and it resulted in an all-out brawl on the ground floor of the shopping mall.
Security guards and a police officer were seen standing a few metres away while the fight went on. The thugs shouted at them when they tried to subdue them.
SAC Zainuddin said the security manager of Low Yat Plaza had lodged a report with the police.
The case, he said, was being investigated for rioting and mischief amounting to damage of property.
Update #2 : OPPO Malaysia has just issued an official press statement on a recent claim that a dealer sold counterfeit products. It seems to indirectly contradict the police statement. Check it out!
Update #4 : After the mob was kicked out of Low Yat Plaza, there were reports that they were randomly attacking people in the area. FIVE people, including 3 members of the media, were reportedly injured badly enough to require medical attention. Read all about it here.
Update #5 : We added a new video, probably the best video we have seen so far. We also added a better and longer video compilation (9 minutes long!) with commentary. Check them out below!
Video Footage Of The Attack On OPPO Low Yat Plaza
This is arguably the best video of the incident because it shows the thugs entering the mall, the dramatic fight (where we learn why and how the OPPO salesman lost his shirt) and their ignominious booting out of Low Yat Plaza.
We also compiled a NEW 9 minute-long compilation of the various clips that show these thugs attacking the OPPO employees and showroom. We have also added commentary. Take a look :
Racism Rears Its Ugly Head
Sadly, this incident has started to take on racist tones with many individuals accusing Chinese people of cheating the Malays. Take a look at some of these comments from Facebook :
However, the truth is there are scammers of every race, gender and sexual orientation. We would do well to be wary of ANY deals that are too good to be true. When it comes to expensive devices like smartphones, please buy them from legit stores!
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