Exciting things were happening at the Apollo market yesterday.
The Sun reports that a commotion occured between the police and a crowd of about 200 people at the Apollo market on Jalan Raja Uda during a raid on an illegal VCD stall yesterday.
The People's Version
They said a man dressed in a tee-shirt and shorts had approached, drawn aThis was what the shoppers and hawkers saw, and their conviction about what had happened was so strong, they actually went to the police station to lodge a report on the incident as they saw it.
firearm and hit a man who was taking care of the VCD stall with a pistol butt.
That was when those who were there surrounded him until the other policemen came.
The Police Version (the Sun)
The police claimed it was a misunderstanding because the policement involved were in civilian clothes.additional Police Version (The Star)
The shoppers and the hawkers claimed a man with a pistol had staged a "robbery".
According to Seberang Prai Utara district police chief, ACP Wan Abdullah Tengku Said, police had received information about VCD peddlers selling pronographic VCDs at the market at about 11am.
"Two policement, who lived in the community, were sent to the scene to investigate, but they went in civilian clothes, and while one waited outside the market, the other went in."
He said when the VCD peddlar, a Chinese woman, believed to be from mainland China, saw the policeman approaching, she ran away"
"While the policeman was collecting the VCDs, someone in the crowd shouted ompak and more than 200 shoppers and hawkers surrounded him.
"He then produced his authority card to show proof that he was a policeman. At the same time, Butterworth OCS Chief Insp Zamri Shariff arrived and managed to calm
An undercover operation “backfired” when 200 people confronted two policemen in Jalan Raja Uda, mistaking them for robbers.The holes that Lulu has spotted
The policemen, in plainclothes, had gone to an open-air market at about 11am following a tip-off that porn VCDs were being openly sold.
The duo were said to have flashed their authority cards, following which two VCD peddlers made a getaway. The policemen then went on to seize the VCDs that were placed on a table.
The crowd, suspecting something amiss, surrounded the shabbily-dressed olicemen. Someone then shouted rompak, rompak! (robbery!).
During the commotion, four men carted away the seized VCDs. The standoff with the police lasted about an hour. A man was brought back to the Butterworth police station for questioning and released later.
North Seberang Prai OCPD Asst Comm Wan Abdullah Tuanku Said, who said the incident arose due to a “misunderstanding”, added that both policemen maintained that they had shown their authority cards.
“My men said they identified themselves but several witnesses said they did not do that,” he told a press conference at the Butterworth police contingent headquarters.
He said the two policemen, who sensed trouble after seeing the crowd swell, radioed for assistance.
ACP Wan Abdullah said policemen in patrol cars hurried to the scene.
He said police would investigate claims that one of the policemen had a scuffle with a man and brandished a pistol at him.
1. Fair enough, they can wear plain clothes. BUT, if it was an operation, why were two cops who were at home, dressed casually, sent to carry out the ops. It was not like there were no policement around cos when they got ino trouble, were able to summon to help, and backup hurried to the scene.
2. Was it one cop at the booth sapu-ing, or two cops? Is there no code such that you never work alone? How could he have gone in alone, whilst the other "kept watch" outside the market?
3. Were there two VCD peddlars or one, who is conveiniently described as a woman, believed to be from mainland China.
4. Why would the VCD peddlar run away when she saw the policeman approaching? He was dressed shabbily, not in policeman attire. How would she know him from the average Joe.... unless a> she does not exist b> he was swinging his gun
Lulu's sure you can spot a lot more holes in this story.
And if Lulu understands the psyche of the Chinese traders correctly, unless they firmly believe in what they saw as the truth, they would not court trouble from the police. No way they would go to the police station to lodge their report. You get what I mean?