KAJANG – Closed circuit television (CCTV) footage depicting three workers at a restaurant here being physically abused, berated and humiliated by their employers and superiors has gone viral on social media, and triggered a police investigation.
The nearly seven minute-long video shows two diminutive young men and a petite woman being lined up and berated, shoved, slapped and punched by a co-worker at the behest of a large man believed to be their employer.
The scene, which unfolded in the busy kitchen of the Bandar Sungai Long restaurant over the weekend, is difficult to stomach and has horrified and outraged netizens far and wide.
None of the three abused staff – who appeared terrified throughout the ordeal – retaliated, but after the footage was leaked and went viral on the internet, one of them found the courage to lodge a police report, early today.
It is learnt that the victim sustained injuries from the abuse, and had to seek outpatient treatment at the Kajang Hospital.
Kajang police chief Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Othman Nayan said police have identified two of the culprits in the incident, and arrests will be made once their current whereabouts are ascertained.
“Early investigation revealed that the incident took place on Saturday, at around 5.30pm, at a restaurant in Bandar Sungai Long here.
“According to (the female victim), she was slapped by two men, who also intimidated her with words. One of the men is the employer’s nephew.
“She said that she and the two other staff members were beaten by their superiors for failing to follow instructions – and that it was not the first time it had happened,” he said.
Othman added that the case is being investigated under Section 323 of the Penal Code for voluntarily causing hurt, and Section 506 of the Penal Code for criminal intimidation.