JOHOR BARU: An intoxicated man who had caused a disturbance in front of a Mount Austin restaurant, avoided arrest when police advised him to go home and sober up.
The man in his 40s, believed to be under the influence of alcohol, was captured rambling in front of the restaurant in Mount Austin, on Sunday (Sept 17).
Johor Baru (South) police chief Assistant Commissioner Raub Selamat said a police mobile patrol vehicle (MPV) unit on regular crime prevention managed the situation without any untoward incidents.
"The man is believed to be drunk, he was rambling in front of the restaurant but he was not aggressive.
"However, as a precautionary measure, the patrol officers stayed with him to ensure he was feeling better, and advised him to return home and sleep it off," Raub said.
"The incident occurred on Sept 17, but the footage of it went viral the following day.
"We are aware of the incident and the situation was managed by our MPV unit personnel efficiently, ensuring the safety and well-being of the man and the public.
"They were with him for above 15 minutes before he was directed to return home and rest.
"No police report was lodged by any individuals," he added.
The 32-second footage was circulated on social media platforms, depicting a man who obviously was evidently unable to balance himself, while rambling incoherently.
He could be heard mentioning "Anwar Ibrahim" (prime minister), which amused netizens.
Some commented "he missed Anwar Ibrahim so much that he had to drink his sorrow".
While another commented "that he was stressed due to rice shortage".
It also recorded the MPV unit personnel talking to the man, who later calmed down.
Raub advised the public to exercise caution and refrain from sharing or spreading any news obtained from unreliable sources.