Selangor Journal
Johor police chief Datuk Kamarul Zaman Mamat gestures at a description board with the mugshots of the suspects involved in a brawl at the 2023 Desaru International Bike Week event in Kota Tinggi, at the Johor police contingent headquarters in Johor Bahru, Johor, on September 24, 2023. — Picture by BERNAMA

Police detain two men in DIBW brawl, tracking others involved

JOHOR BAHRU, Sept 24 — Police have detained two local men suspected of being involved in yesterday’s brawl during the 2023 Desaru International Bike Week (DIBW) 2023 in Kota Tinggi.

Johor police chief Datuk Kamarul Zaman Mamat said the men, aged 30 and 50, who sustained minor injuries, were picked up in the city and in Kota Tinggi today.

One of them received four stitches on his head as an outpatient at the Kota Tinggi Hospital.

The fight between the local and an American group of bikers occurred around 9pm yesterday, and is believed to have been caused by a misunderstanding.

“We are investigating to see how many people were involved. So far, it is believed that the group from Arizona, the United States, involves 70 to 80 individuals.

“It was due to a misunderstanding and maybe there were some dares between them. We are investigating the case closely,” Kamarul Zaman said during a press conference at the Johor contingent police headquarters earlier today.

350 police personnel were been stationed at the event, which enabled police to immediately break up the scuffle and take control of the situation.

He said police will not compromise on taking stern action against any individuals who create trouble and start a fight during the event.

“Such fights should not occur because this is a programme to strengthen the brotherhood between high-powered motorcycle enthusiasts. So, I am warning those involved, surrender or we come after you,” Kamarul Zaman said, adding the case has been classified under Section 148 of the Penal Code.

A few video clips showing the group brawling, with chairs and sticks being hurled, went viral on social media.

— Bernama


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