London's streets quieter and less crowded after attack

London's streets quieter and less crowded after attack
A man stands near flowers layed at Potters Fields Park in London on June 5, 2017, after a vigil to commemorate the victims of the terror attack on London Bridge and at Borough Market that killed seven people on June 3.
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PETALING JAYA - The hustle and bustle of London has been muted, with things being noticeably quieter there.

There were fewer crowds in the city centre yesterday, with few preferring to pound the pavement at popular zones.

As expected, there was heavy police presence, what with the threat level at "severe".

The blare of sirens from police cars and ambulances cut through the silence, according to Sarah Choong, a Malaysian student there.

Despite the sombre mood, the community is staying unified after Saturday night's terror attack which claimed the lives of seven people.

Choong, 25, refused to let the terror, which occurred just a stone's throw away from her hostel, to "stop me from living".

In fact, she went to church as usual on Sunday morning.

"It usually takes me 15 minutes to walk to church from my place near London Bridge but because of the attack, all traffic was rerouted through Blackfriars Bridge instead and it took me an hour and a half to reach church," she said.

In the attack, a van slammed into pedestrians on London Bridge, be­fore three assailants ran into Bo­­rough Market wielding large knives and randomly stabbed people.

She said everyone was on high alert and taking safety measures while her university, King's College London, had beefed up its security.

"Still, the attack has brought out great generosity and solidarity among Londoners with many offering shelter, food and emergency aid to those in need.

"The hashtag #sofaforLondon was also created for anyone needing assistance," Choong said.

Siti Farhana Sheikh Yahya, 24, said there was more reason than ever to show solidarity against acts of terror.

"These attacks are meant to break us up with the chaos they are inci­ting.

"The more we help each other, and be kind to all religions, races and backgrounds, the less incentive they have to tear us apart," said the Master's student at King's College London.

For PhD candidate Yong Bang Ming, 28, each time a terror attack occurred in England, he would re­mind himself of what matters most.

"If we let the terror attacks affect our lifestyle, they win, that is something I tell myself.

"That doesn't mean I won't care, I will be more careful but at the same time, terror should not be allowed to win," he said.

Malaysian High Commissioner to Britain Datuk Ahmad Rasidi Hazizi said the mission was keeping a close tab on Malaysians there.

"We are very alert when it comes to our citizens. So far, there are no Malaysians involved and we have advised them via Facebook and phone calls to avoid such places (attack sites)," he said.

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