A mobile video circulating on Facebook shows a group of five teenagers physically assaulting a student in front of his school
The incident took place outside the boy's school in Taman Daya, Johor Bahru before noon on 15 April.
The teenagers, who recorded themselves repeatedly slapping and threatening the 14-year-old student to stuff him into the drain during the incident, were not known to the victim.
In the video, that has been viewed by this SAYS writer, the student is seen backing up and acting only to defend himself as one of the aggressors in a red T-shirt continues to slap and threaten him.
According to Johor Bahru Selatan district police chief ACP Mohd Padzli Mohd Zain, the alleged reason behind the incident was that the victim had purportedly insulted a cousin of one of the suspects
The suspects arrived at the scene to confront the victim, who was talking to his friend.
The suspect in the red T-shirt kept slapping him, saying who does he think he is to insult his cousin.
When the victim asks why does he keep hitting him, the suspect shoots back at him saying that he will beat him "however I want, who are you gonna bring to protect you".
He then goes on to threaten the boy, saying "If you talk like that to my brother again, I'll cut you up".
At which point, two other suspects join in and start slapping the boy.
The victim lodged a police report later the same day
Following which, police arrested the five teenagers, aged between 15 and 17, the next day.
"The five teenagers hit the student several times on the face, causing light injuries," Mohd Padzli said, adding that investigation is being carried out under Section 323 and Section 506 of the Penal Code.
Section 323 covers causing hurt, while Section 506 covers criminal intimidation.