This just in. A response from an Egyptian (not the ones involved). It is always important to hear the other side of the story before we come to any conclusion about anything. Anyway, here it is:
Assalumu Alikom/hi Dear friends and colleagues,
Off course all of you have heard of the incident that happened last week in Taman Maju. So, as Egyptian, I felt assaulted by this Metro newspaper and with the suspicious looks that changed from friendly to unfriendly from some people.
So here's the true story, and for you who really know will know I am not bluffing here, Few days ago before the incident, my Senior Mohamed went to a cobbler asking to fix his shoe, the guy took it and promise to fix on time, later on, my friend came back to take his shoe back ALONE! And the guy asked for 30 RM which is too much if you know, normally just 5 RM, anyway... My friend refused to pay this cost and asked to reduce, and because he had a high-pitch voice and muscles body, the cobbler felt afraid and raised his knife in front of his face and threatened to hurt him. So yeah, my friend cursed him and went back ALONE!. He later on told the story to another Egyptian and they went back same day to fix this issue for good, And when they went back they were surprised that the cobbler still angry with his knife and when the 2nd Egyptian tried to calm him down, he attacked him with 3 stabs in his forearm, And later on you'll see.
They went back afraid but mad! Those 2 Egyptians are like gym guys and practice regularly and when the re-told what happened to their gym friends! They insisted to go with them and either communicate with the guy or fight with the guy! (They were mix of international and not sure but I think there was 1 local). And when they went there, one thing led to another and a fight started between the cobbler and his friend and those UTPians.
The International UTPians may have cause some damages to his shop! Then they went back after the other shop resident started to be attention ed of the noise! And the cobbler went after them but the UTP security stopped them ( fact & you can ask head of security).
That's all so far!
Concerns: 1- Are Egyptians.. Bully people? No we are not! Malaysia has been my 2nd home for 3 years now and I never saw something like that before! 2- Why did they send people to whack the cobbler and his shop? They went to speak, but the guy took to a whole new level.
My Doubts: 1- 1st of all, I know that this newspaper Metro is a tabloid which means don't expect they will write the truth! They want to create a big bang. 2- The cobbler or the newspaper said 12 Egyptians! Well, Just 2 and other Internationals went in his favor! 3- Do you think my senior would just go and kick his ass for nothing! Why! We'r well educated people not bullies or attackers! so wth 4- People have been passing the link up to 150 people per email! What's wrong with you people! IF YOU ARE MUSLIM DON'T YOU KNOW THIS VERSUS: (Quraan - Arabic Version) يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا إِن جَاءَكُمْ فَاسِقٌ بِنَبَإٍ فَتَبَيَّنُوا أَن تُصِيبُوا قَوْمًا بِجَهَالَةٍ فَتُصْبِحُوا عَلَىٰ مَا فَعَلْتُمْ نَادِمِينَ ( سورة الحجرات , Al-Hujraat, Chapter #49, Verse #6)
(Translation - English Version) O ye who believe! If a wicked person comes to you with any news, ascertain the truth, lest ye harm people unwittingly, and afterwards become full of repentance for what ye have done. (Translation - Bahasa Version) Wahai orang-orang yang beriman! Jika datang kepada kamu seorang fasik membawa sesuatu berita, maka selidikilah (untuk menentukan) kebenarannya, supaya kamu tidak menimpakan sesuatu kaum dengan perkara yang tidak diingini dengan sebab kejahilan kamu (mengenainya) sehingga menjadikan kamu menyesali apa yang kamu telah lakukan.
So why don't you research a bit first before you fasten into sending wrong info and creating conflict between locals and Egyptians whom by the way is one of your course mates and you might be hurting their feeling! I am just saying!
This newspaper is skank! And all of you know it! So why are you still believing it!
I am not saying the 2 TWO Egyptians might not be wrong!, They might be wrong Yes and if they were proven wrong, they should be punished whatever it takes! But it's not our decision, there's local Police invistagating!
If I wish to leave you with anything! I would say GOD BLESS US ALL :)
-- Best Regards,
I have censored his name in this case, just in case he wouldn't want this to be published. However, I feel that this gives us a whole new perspective on the situation.