It was a night of a fun for three friends at a regular haunt across the Causeway, until they were attacked by a group of eight men.
One of them, who wanted to be known only as Mr Wu, was so seriously injured that he had to undergo two operations.
The 26-year-old marketing director, who lives in Singapore, is now in the intensive care unit of Sultanah Aminah Hospital, said his friend who wanted to be known only as Mr Zhuo.
Mr Zhuo, 25, told evening daily Lianhe Wanbao that it could be due to some unhappiness between Mr Wu and a karaoke bar DJ there.
The incident happened last Sunday, at about 2am. Earlier that night, Mr Zhuo, who works in the healthcare industry, and Mr Wu had gone to a karaoke bar in Johor Baru for some drinks.
It was their fourth time at the bar. There, the pair met up with another friend who wanted to be known only as Mr Cai.
Mr Zhuo said he saw an unpleasant exchange between Mr Wu and the bar's DJ over a disagreement about the songs being played in the bar.
The three men stayed in the bar till about 2am. As Mr Wu and Mr Zhuo smoked outside the bar, their friend Mr Cai stormed out, claiming that the DJ gave him a shove in the toilet.
Angry, the three of them complained to the bar's boss, whom they were familiar with.
They were in turn confronted by the bar's supervisor, who is the DJ's nephew, asking to "settle matters", Mr Zhuo told Wanbao.
Before the three friends could leave, they found themselves surrounded by eight men.
They allegedly attacked the trio, with the DJ and the bar supervisor joining in, claimed Mr Zhuo.
"Someone punched me on my right cheek. I also saw two of them flashing knives with blades about 12cm long," he claimed.
"One of them stabbed Mr Wu in the stomach, while Mr Cai had some cuts. The three of us fled and went separate ways."
It was only after a phone call that Mr Zhuo found out Mr Wu was seriously injured.
"(Mr Wu) told me he tried to hail a taxi, but was rejected by two drivers as they were afraid of trouble," said Mr Zhuo.
"The third taxi driver sent him to the nearest clinic but was turned away. By the time he arrived at the hospital, more than an hour had passed."
Mr Zhuo said Mr Wu's family have visited him in Malaysia, and intend to bring him back to Singapore for treatment when his condition stabilises.
This article was first published on Dec 09, 2014.
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