PENANG - All he did was to tell the group of men to stop making a nuisance of themselves.
The group, who were drinking, got upset at the teenager's comments.
They beat Ameer Mustaqim Naharuddin, 19, to death with their crash helmets on Wednesday morning in George Town, Penang.
The group repeatedly bashed him on the head and face, and Mr Ameer Mustaqim died on the spot, The Star reported.
Three of his friends called the police when they found him lying on the ground, but the alleged attackers had already fled the scene.
It is believed that the victim, a cleaner, had approached the men on his own.
His father, Naharuddin Yusoff, 45, said: "I have lost my son. He was a friendly and approachable boy."
He said his son received his salary on Tuesday and went out with friends that night.
"Although he stayed out late, he was disciplined and would be at work by 7.30am," Mr Naharuddin said.
The father added that the last time he spoke to his son was at about 11pm on Tuesday.
"Then at about 3am, we got a call telling us that he was dead. How could this happen?"
Penang CID chief Senior Assistant Commissioner Mazlan Kesah said a canine unit and forensics team were sent to the scene.
He said: "We recovered pieces of shattered helmet visors and are checking closed circuit television cameras of nearby shops for leads."
Meanwhile, another report said that teenage crime is on the rise in some parts of Malaysia.
The Star reported that Selangor has seen a 10 per cent jump in teenage crime.
State police chief Senior Deputy Commissioner Shukri Dahlan said those as young as 12 were getting involved in crimes.
He said 165 teenagers, from 12 to 17 years old, were arrested between January and last month - a 10 per cent increase from the same period last year.
In January, a policeman in George Town was attacked by about 30 people aged 18 to 19 when he tried to prevent two men from being beaten up outside an entertainment outlet.
Earlier this week, Malacca police said they were hunting for a gang of seven school dropouts aged 15 to 18, whom they said had committed 80 snatch thefts.
This article was published on April 11 in The New Paper.
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