A 25-year-old mamak restaurant worker was slapped by one of the customers inside Restoran Ameer Corner in Seksyen 25 for simply doing his job when he reminded them to not smoke there
The incident took place on 1 January at around 12.30pm inside the restaurant's premises, where a waiter was slapped after he tried to stop customers from lighting up.
Shah Alam OCPD ACP Baharudin Mat Taib was quoted by Malay Mail saying the waiter spotted three people smoking inside the premises.
"The 25-year-old waiter from India approached the suspect politely but was immediately slapped on the face by a suspect shortly before the trio left the premises after making payment," he said, adding that police have the CCTV footage of the incident and testimony from two workers and five customers who witnessed the assault.
The waiter also ended up getting scolded by another customer
According to the waiter, whose name is M. Selvam, he was scolded by another customer for the same reason: reminding him about the newly imposed smoking ban.
Selvam said that on 1 January, while they had placed no smoking signs, some of the customers at the restaurant were still smoking.
"I don't know why people can't just follow the rules and behave like this," Selvam was quoted as saying by The Star Online today, 3 January.
ACP Baharudin said that the case is being investigated under Section 323 of the Penal Code for voluntarily causing hurt
Meanwhile, he hopes the suspect will voluntarily turn himself in for questioning.
Barely two days since the national smoking ban was effectively enforced, a total of 1,453 people have been issued warning letters for smoking in restaurants and hawker stalls: