PETALING JAYA - MCA leaders are united in condemning the rioting that occurred at Low Yat Plaza on Sunday night.
Party president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said he was concerned about journalists and innocent bystanders who were hurt in the incident.
Liow, who is in Guangzhou for a visit, said swift action by police was crucial and reminded everyone not to take the law into their own hands.
He urged the public to stop spreading rumours and comments on the incident that could stir up racial hatred.
Party secretary-general Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan appealed to the public to stay calm and criticised those who twisted the situation on social media and made things worse.
"Stop spreading and sharing the related videos, pictures and unverified news," he said yesterday.
MCA Youth chief Chong Sin Woon, who met traders at Low Yat Plaza after chairing the wing's executive committee meeting at Wisma MCA, called for stern action to be taken against those who incited racial hatred.
MCA religious harmony bureau chairman Datuk Seri Ti Lian Ker regretted the incident which caused RM70,000 worth of property damage.
"Even more callous is that there are quarters who are attempting to incite and turn this simple case of theft into a racial issue."
Wanita MCA vice-chairman and Selangor MCA chairman Ong Chong Swen said the incident should be left to the police to investigate.
"The attitude of some netizens who simply ignore the authentic news and sensationalise the incident is appalling."
The Centre For A Better Tomorrow co-president Gan Ping Sieu urged the authorities to arrest and charge those who committed violence at the mall.