PETALING JAYA - College student Dickson Wong, who fell into a coma after he was attacked by snatch thieves in Taman Mayang, has died.
His death has sparked outrage in the neighbourhood where passers-by found him bleeding and barely alive on Saturday.
Several banners, written in Chinese, now hang at the site where the 22-year-old was found.
Some read: "Where is justice? We are all terrified now. Dickson has been laid to rest, but who will be next?"
Others read: "Struck on the head by snatch thieves. Dickson is dead."
Lau Hoong Teong, chairman of the SS25 Taman Mayang security committee, said residents in the area put up the banners to encourage those who witnessed the crime to come forward.
He said they hoped this would help the police catch the culprits.
"They are worried that the next victim could be someone close to them," said Lau, 48.
He said one robbery a month in the area used to be normal. But now it has become more frequent - two or three cases a day.
"That Saturday, there were two cases on Jalan 25/4, one at 6.30am and the other at 7am involving Dickson," Lau said.
Jane Liew, 50, a long-time resident of Taman Mayang, said they were so fearful that some would not even step out of their homes at night to throw rubbish.