Couple yanked reporter by collar to safety

Couple yanked reporter by collar to safety

Kian Heng

The proprietors of this coffee shop gave shelter to this reporter when things got dicey.

While doing an interview on Chander Road, I unexpectedly found myself facing an approaching group of shouting men.

If not for Mr Koh, the owner of Kian Heng, I could have been injured in the rampage.

I had gone by the shop, thinking it was closed, when Mr Koh grabbed me by the collar and pulled me into his shop, locking the gate behind him.

One of their three shutters had already been rolled down, the tables and chairs usually set outside the shop had been moved indoors.

His wife, who declined to be named, admitted she was nervous.

She says: "My hands were still trembling after we locked the gate behind you. Violence always scares me. I can still hear the sound of barking police dogs."

Mr Koh said he spotted me outside his shop some time before 11pm.

"I saw you holding your camera and looking worried when you suddenly saw the men running towards you," Mr Koh, 65, tells me in Malay.

The couple have run their business in Little India for 50 years, and say fights are usual. When they happen, the "best thing to do is stay inside".

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