PETALING JAYA: Malaysians are trying to escape the heat by going to malls.
According to HC Chan, who is the CEO of Sunway Shopping Malls, for the last two weeks there has been an increase in visitors going to shopping malls.
"There has been a 20 per cent to 35 per cent increase in visitors to the mall, though we are expecting more," he said during a phone inter-view.
Chan, who is also adviser for the Malaysian Shopping Malls Association, added that while shopping malls were popular spots, especially during the weekends, the weather and the school holidays were a big factor as to why more people were going shopping.
According to him, malls were comfortable and relaxing, and were not as hot as the outdoors, as temperatures within the confines of the mall were regulated between 23°C and 25°C.
Chan also said that the management of Sunway Pyramid was ready to handle any problems posed by the temperature.
As for Sunway Theme Park, Chan confirmed that it would not be closed as a number of the rides and attractions were water-based.
"Large portions of the park is shaded with trees to make sure that the place is cooler," said Chan.
Meanwhile, 1 Utama Shopping Centre general manager Patrick So said they were prepared for the hot weather and the expected increase in number of customers.
"We have prepared our guards to perform medical aid in case some customers feel uncomfortable or suffer a heatstroke," said So.