Hooliganism on the part of three Malaysian youth in a popular lodge in Osaka almost led to the banning of all Malaysians from the home-stay.
However, following a multitude of comments from Malaysian netizens apologising for the behavior of the guests, the owner recanted the ban, saying: “I spoke to my partner about this issue and as Muslims we know we should not hold on to grudges against others,” Free Malaysia Today reported.
The three young men responsible for acts of vandalism, defecating in the shower, and threatening employees, were identified by New Straits Times as Ramadhan Sinclair, Hidayat Kamal and Ahmad Faris.
A video showing them the verbally abusing and threatening to harm the lodge’s caretakers has since gone viral.
When ordered to pay for the damages caused, they pressured the staff to fork out the 130,000 yen (RM 5,110) that was meant to be paid. “They forced my staff to lie to me and said that they were the ones who paid”, the owners was quoted as saying.
Although appalled by their actions, Parent Action Group for Education founder Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim believes that the incident is an isolated one, and that not all Malaysians should be punished for the actions of the three.
Meanwhile, Malaysian netizens who commented on the Facebook post not only apologised for the unacceptable behaviour the owners had to endure, but also complimented the great service provided by the lodge’s staff.
Taking into consideration the inconvenience that many of their guests who had already made reservations would have to endure, together with the public outcry in response to the unacceptable behavior, the owners decided not to go ahead with the ban.
However, as there have been unpleasant encounters with other Malaysian guests in the past, the owners are growing weary, and future guests from Malaysia will be walking on thin ice.
While the owners have called off the ban, they have asked for a public apology from the three Malaysians to their country for the poor behavior, and have also lodged a police report.
The New Straits Times reported that to date, only one of the three has made an apology, while another took to making cynical remarks online, and refusing to take responsibility.