Public pressure mounting on p-hailing riders after mob justice fatal attack on motorist

EVEN if victim of the Kajang mob Shahril Samad was tested positive for drugs, p-hailing riders have no rights to take law into their own hands by dragging out and inflicting fatal injuries on the motorist for apparently having knocked down one of their counterparts.

Likening such action to “as cruel as Zionis Israel”, netizen CIKY🅰️NIE (@lady_bugg11) alleged that what seemed to be mass brutality was carried out despite witnesses at the incident scene claiming that the deceased had apologised to the rider as soon as he knocked him (the rider) down.

“The rider refused to accept the apology and instead summoned his ‘Rider Gang’ to chase and carry out the mass beating” she tweeted on X (previously Twitter) in a post that has since garnered 1.2 million views at the time of writing.

For the record, Selangor Police Chief, Datuk Hussein Omar Khan has confirmed that the 42-year-old Shahril who was tied up and beaten to death in Taman Pelangi Semenyih 2, Kajang last Tuesday (Feb 20) was tested positive for syabu and ganja.

He was also found to have 10 previous drug abuse convictions and was wanted in connection with the prohibited substance.

“We also arrested two more men aged 22 and 39 in Kajang yesterday (Feb 22) who are believed to be involved in the incident,” Hussein was quoted by Berita Harian as saying.

“We believe there are other individuals who will be arrested after this in addition to having received reports made by the two vehicle owners involved in the incident.”

The tweet by CIKY🅰️NIE has elicited many responses from netizens with some wanting the relevant authorities not to treat the matter lightly lest it could escalate into a major disaster one day.

​A lesson to be learnt from the fatal incident could be to “drive straight to the police station if one happens to knock down a p-hailing rider instead of getting out of the car to inspect the situation,” suggested some netizens.

Aghast with the inhumane behaviour of the p-hailing riders, a netizen reckoned that they should be subject to mental inspection.

Last but not the least, some netizens called for a boycott of p-hailing service providers to reduce the menace of law-breaking p-hailing riders. – Feb 25, 2024

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