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Situation In Bukit Bintang Returns To Normal

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KUALA LUMPUR – Over 24 hours has passed after the bomb explosion in Bukit Bintang and the situation in the area has returned to normal.

However, Bernama checks found that security control was tightened with policemen and Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) enforcement staff conducting random inspection of pedestrians and motor vehicles in the area.

Yesterday, a 36-year-old car jockey, Tiong Kwong Yie, was killed, while 12 other people, including foreign tourists, were injured in the 4.20 am explosion of two hand grenades in front of a nightclub at the Sun Complex in Bukit Bintang here, believed to be caused by a fight over a business territory between gangster groups.

The injured victims comprised six local residents, one man from Thailand, one man from Singapore and four women from China.

Married couple from Australia, Geoff and Margaret Sharp, who were staying at the Sunbow Residency Hotel near the explosion site, today opted to check out from the hotel for fear of their safety.

“We will definitely visit Malaysia again, but right now, we are just worried about our safety and will stay at our friend’s house in Ampang,” Margaret told Bernama when met in the area.

A visitor, Azlenaayu Ahamad Azaman, 41, also expressed worry and fear to go shopping in the Bukit Bintang area despite having spent most of her time there.

“I hope that the authorities will tighten security control in Bukit Bintang, especially involving foreigners who clearly dominate the area,” she said.

Meanwhile, food seller at the Sun Complex, Fauzan Abdullah, 46, said the number of customers coming to his stall had declined tremendously since the explosion.

“Maybe my regular customers are still worried. This afternoon, my sales are only around RM200 compared to the regular RM500,” he said. – BERNAMA

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