KOTA KINABALU: It was only a kiss, but an Arab visitor blew his top and attacked two women at a backpackers' lodge here.
The man's outrage was caught on video and posted on YouTube immediately after the 6.30pm incident on Feb 9.
are now looking for the suspect, who was seen on the video clip
attacking receptionist Dewina Jolilin, 22, and moving towards another
woman, said to be the local girlfriend of a Canadian traveller here.
police chief Asst Comm Ahmad Sofi Zakaria said the receptionist had
lodged a police report against the suspect, who was last seen leaving
the lodge in a huff in a taxi.
Tourist Daniel Gunn, 30, who
recorded the episode, said he had kissed his girlfriend on the cheek in
the hall area and this infuriated the Arab man.
“I tried to calm him down but he got angrier,” said the Canadian.
said that at that point Dewina confronted the Arab, which only made him
more furious because he reckoned the receptionist, who is a Muslim,
should also be angry.
He then hit Dewina in the face with a plastic bag, prompting Gunn and his girlfriend to come to the receptionist's aid.
“My girlfriend told him that he cannot attack a woman. And then, she was also attacked,” he said.
The Arab man then stormed out of the lodge and left in a taxi. He did not settle his bill with the lodge.
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