Pissed off Asian store owner smacks Sir Ronald ToVue in the face
May 14 2012 at 5:55 PM
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Post Courier Islands region
An assault on one of East New Britain's senior statesman by an Asian shop assistant has led to the public looting the shop in Rabaul last week.
Sir Ronald ToVue was punched on the left cheek when he approached the offender to tell him not to smoke in a public place, including shops.
The 79 year old knight from Ratavul village, along the North Coast Road, said that around 5;30 pm last Thursday, he went to Topkai Shop, also known as Garden Enterprises to buy rice when he smelled cigarette fumes at the counter.
He said that on his way out, he saw an Asian man sitting on a pile of new copra sacks, smoking away which irritated him and he threw the five kilogram rice on the man's lap in protest for smoking in public. He said that it was not the first time he had complained about smoking in shops, citing that this was the third time at the same shop.
The Asian man retaliated with a balled fist connecting Sir Ronald's left cheek, which took him by surprise. He said a staff member came to his aid and helped him out but he reminded the Asian that he would return. He reported the matter at the Rabaul police station and a policeman was sent with Sir Ronald to the shop but the shop closed and the offender was nowhere to be found.
He said despite requesting for the offender, those in the shop were unhelpful and while he was pleading for him to be handed over, a crowd started gathering outside the shop.
He went outside, cautioned them and went back to the police station, after the owner of the shop assured him that he would hand over the offender within five minutes. At the police station, they waited until five minutes was over, which led to an hour and still the offended did not show up. He was then driven by one of his sons back to the shop at around 7pm and by this time, an angry mob began stoning the shop, broke open its doors and looted everything. Sir Ronald appealed to the authorities concerned to look into such offenders, saying that smoking in shops, banks, planes and any public area was prohibited and foreigners should be aware of such.
He also called on the Labour Department, the Government and police to check such people, saying they speak very little English, no Tok Pisin at all and it was very hard to commmunicate.
He said that an investigation must be carried out to determine if such people had genuine work permits and visas.