MCA hopes to organise Raya do at Low Yat Plaza

MCA hopes to organise Raya do at Low Yat Plaza
MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai

With business down by half, MCA and the management of Low Yat Plaza plan to organise a Raya gathering to bring the situation back to normal.

MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the retailers claimed that there was a 40 to 50 per cent drop in sales after a theft of a handphone turned into a brawl which left seven people injured on Sunday.

He said to bring the customers back, MCA and the management planned to organise a Raya gathering at the mall.

"We would like to assist in whatever way possible to bring the situation back to normal. There have been no disturbances but business has been down by 40 to 50 per cent.

"The Federal Territories MCA would like to propose a Hari Raya celebration in Low Yat Plaza by early August in order to bring back the harmony at Low Yat," he said when visiting the plaza on Friday. He was accompanied by MCA Youth chief Chong Sin Woon.

He said the proposal had to be discussed with the Federal Territories Ministry and the Low Yat Management.

On Saturday, a 22-year-old man was caught by staff at the mall for allegedly stealing a handphone at one of the kiosk in the mall.

His friends later retaliated by attacking the staff before another larger group of people went to the mall and started a brawl on Sunday night.

Liow urged everyone to maintain the harmony among the races and not allow racism to rear its ugly head.

"All of us are here to ensure the safety, harmony and unity of the people in this country.

"We should not allow a small group of people create a chaotic situation at any place, in Low Yat or even Kuala Lumpur," he said.

He also said people should not circulate irresponsible messages such as racist statements as they could lead to more speculations.

Liow revealed that a new message had been circulating of another gathering taking place at Low Yat Plaza.

"There is another message that is going viral saying that there will be another gathering here.

"I hope this is not true. I have called the Inspector-General of Police and urged the police to ensure the safety of the place and to strengthen enforcement.

"I have yet to verify the message but I hope it is false.

"We are sad that an incident of theft was made into a racial issue. It is very unfortunate for this country," he said.

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