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The Commotion

 

Mrs Yakob was passing by a textile shop when she heard a commotion. She decided to join the crowd, which had gathered around two people who were quarrelling. When she got closer, she saw that it was her own neighbor, Mr Goh, who was quarrelling with the shop owner. He was calling the shop owner a cheat. Mrs Yakob was not usually a curious person but this was enough to rouse her interest in the event.

As the argument became more intense, some by-standers tried to calm the two men, saying that it was a small matter. Mr Goh and the shop owner ignored the by-standers and shouted even louder at each other, hurling greater insults and using more violent gestures. Suddenly, the shop owner was so heated and angry that he threw a punch at Mr Goh. Mr Goh recovered from his momentary shock and threw the shop owner a punch too. This time, nobody wanted to get involved for fear that they might get hurt in the process.

Three police officers patroling the area were attracted by the commotion too. The panicky squeals of the crowd told them that they had to act fast as more people might get hurt.

When at last the crowd dispersed and the two men were calmer, the police officers took some statements and made their arrests. Both Mr Goh and the shop owner were taken to the police post for further questioning. Since Mrs Yakob was still around, the police officers asked if she could be a witness. She gave the officers her statement in detail.

 

     
rouse   stimulate or excite
     
intense   fierce
     
patroling   roaming
     
 
 
 

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