In the midst of racial tension that have been plaguing the nation ever since the shameful Low Yat incident, a post by a Facebook user emerged to come in to defend a mobile phone seller today.
“This man’s name is Desmond. His nickname is Mok (Fatty). I have bought handphones from him for a very long time and he always sells quality items,” said Fais Al-Hajari in the photo, which was shared on the Siakap Keli Facebook group at 5pm on Monday.
Fais added in the caption for his photo that although he had, at times, bought mobile phones from other retailers, Desmond continued to smile at him and treat him well.
“This good relationship has remained over the last eight years. Other handphone sellers in Plaza Idaman here, the majority of them Chinese, are also good to me.
“The secret? They don’t cheat me and I don’t steal their goods. We have mutual respect for each other and are supportive. The world is peaceful,” said Fais.
As of 11.15pm Monday the photo on the Siakap Keli Facebook page had 54,919 likes and 2,930 shares
According to the Low Yat Plaza management, a suspect was apprehended at 5.40pm last Saturday for allegedly trying to steal a mobile phone from one of the kiosks at the shopping complex.
The shopping complex management added that this was followed by a group of youths coming to damage another outlet later Saturday, citing retaliation and claiming that the outlet’s staff had assisted in apprehending the suspect.
On Sunday five people were injured, including three journalists, in a mob attack near Low Yat Plaza after police dispersed protesters outside the mall.
A total of 19 people have been arrested over two days in connection with the theft and subsequent riots near the shopping complex.