Yesterday, two video-clips showing a civilian being confronted by a staff member working wearing what appears to be a MyRapid uniform, as well as a member of auxiliary police from public transport company Prasarana have came under the scrutiny of social media. The clips were said to have been taken at a convenience store outlet located within the vicinity of a public transport hub, however neither the exact time nor place has yet to be determined at this time.
Civilian beaten by Prasarana employee over alleged theft of cup noodles
Both videos show how the auxiliary policeman as well as the MyRapid employee cornering the civilian after it was alleged that the man had stolen two cups of instant noodles from the shelves, before cooking and consuming them in the convenience store. Upon being confronted, the civilian was asked by the MyRapid employee wearing a red shirt to pay up for the noodles that he had consumed.
The man muttered unintelligibly in response, which led to the man in red to strike him across the face. A separate video clip has also shown the civilian man holding out the two empty cup noodles that he had stolen as he was being confronted by the auxiliary policeman under Prasarana’s employ, before being told to pay for them.
While he appeared to try and explain his situation, the policeman said that he had no interest in listening to what he had to say and demanded instead for him to pay for what he owed the store.
Netizen responses have been divided over the incident
Netizen opinions have been divided over the entire incident, with many pointing out that the MyRapid employee had no right to resort to violence when confronting the man over his petty crime, and suggested that the man could have been driven to dire straits to steal food items.
However, some are of the opinion that the employees had did the right thing, and alleged that the man who stole the cup noodles appeared to be drunk at the time.
“That is what the auxiliary police is supposed to be doing guys. If everyone is allowed to saunter in drunk and make a fuss by taking cups of instant noodles to eat for free, and the auxiliary police should only watch on and pay for them, then what will happen over time?
The fault is in the one who recorded the incident. Next time, don’t record and make incidents like these viral. Malaysians are really clever, they know nothing about the story but want to make it spicier.”
Prasarana will investigate into the matter, says behaviour of man is inconsistent with their company ethics
Prasarana has since caught wind of the situation and has released an official statement on the matter. According to the company, the conduct of the employee who had struck the man goes against the ethics of the company, and points out that he should have raised the matter to the authorities instead of taking matters into his own hands.
Investigations into the matter are ongoing, and those with any details regarding the incident are urged to contact MyRapid at 03-78852585 or firstname.lastname@example.org.