PETALING JAYA: An Orang Asli ex-commando was cast into the social media spotlight when news surfaced of the man fighting off 10 robbers, while armed only with a machete.
John Bah Tuin, a former commando, related his story to his friend and civil rights activist Siti Kasim, who promptly shared it on Facebook.
The incident happened on Saturday night as he was taking the Sungai Koyan highway, from Mensun to Ringlet, Siti later told FMT.
“He stopped his car by the roadside to make a call when three cars blocked his.
“These men asked him to get out and tried to rob him,” Siti wrote.
“Unfortunately for these robbers, they took on the wrong man.”
John, she said, is a “big, strong man.”
“He took all of them on and being an Orang Asli, he carries a parang (machete) all the time.
“He used it against these men,” she wrote.
John chopped off one of the men’s hands during the altercation, according to what he told Siti.
He lodged a police report following the incident last night.
“This is epic… one man against ten robbers. Some lost their hands,” Siti wrote.
Siti urged John not to be stubborn and to have his injuries checked by a doctor, and later said that she had called the Ringlet police to look for him.
“He was bleeding when he was talking to me.
“He refused to go and see a doctor. I hope he is OK.”
She said she was unable to contact him for a while and was worried he had fainted.
Her concerns were allayed later when she managed to reach John, who said he had “probably fallen asleep.”
Netizens have hailed the incident as a “scene out of the action movies.”
“Wow… Like a scene from Hollywood where the good guy triumphed!” commented Facebook user Lawrence Ng.
“Sounds like a Tamil movie scene. Take care!!!” wrote Sarala Poobalan.