Tourists surprised to find shops closed at Low Yat Plaza

Tourists surprised to find shops closed at Low Yat Plaza
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KUALA LUMPUR: Amidst the numerous closed shops and kiosks in Low Yat Plaza here, a few shoppers can still be seen milling around the quiet mall.

Among the few shoppers Monday were tourists unaware of the events that had transpired during the weekend.

American tourist Gabriel Cesser, 22, went into the mall to find a coffee shop.

"I thought most of the shops are closed due to Ramadan," said Cesser upon stepping into the quiet mall.

He said that he was not aware of the melee on Saturday and the subsequent riot in the early hours of Monday.

He added that he has always felt safe in the city throughout his stay here and was surprised to hear of the weekend's events.

Kylie Roswell, 27, of the United States, was spotted in the mall with fellow traveller Paola Spagui, 30, in search for a shop to fix her iPhone.

"We are staying with a local and she told us to come here to fix my phone," said Kylie, adding that their host did not inform them of the weekend's events.

She added that had they known about the happenings, they would have been more cautious about coming to the area.

Local student Shahril Reza, 20, decided to still pay a visit to the mall to buy a wallpaper sticker for his laptop despite the incidents.

"I thought I'd still come here to look for the sticker because what's passed is past," said Shahril, who was accompanied by his friends.

He said that he expected that a few shops would be closed, but was still hoping that he would find what he came for.

As of 2pm Monday, a number of shops, especially on the lower floors, still stayed closed.

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