It could have been me, say Malaysians of Bangkok blast

PETALING JAYA - A large number of Malaysians have taken to social media to express sympathy with those affected by the Bangkok bomb blast.

Many said, "it could have been me," was the prevailing sentiment that struck them after hearing news of the deadly blast in central Bangkok on Monday.

Malaysian Sherry Cheah Shu Yi was visiting Bangkok with friends, said she had walked past the site of the blast just five minutes before the explosion.

"When I heard the explosion it was terrifying because I knew it was not something I've heard before so immediately thought that it might be a bombing," said Cheah, who was on the nearby Skywalk when the bomb exploded.

"I just felt like getting away fast from that place … I felt pretty scared like my eyes were darting here and there and heart was beating fast," said the 26-year-old IT specialist.

Cheah told The Star that she almost had dinner at Central World, which was one of the malls near the explosion.

"All of us were thinking how close we were to being in that explosion if we had left slightly later," she said.

She said that she was "relieved" when she arrived back at the hotel, and didn't feel like leaving for dinner after the harrowing experience.

Cheah will be returning to Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday night.

Another Malaysian Cathrynn Wong said she heard the explosion when she was getting into a taxi a kilometre away from the scene.

"We heard a loud bang, sort of a thunder clap, but there was something different to the sound," Wong told The Star.

"We didn't think much of it as we really didn't expected anything like an explosion would occur," said the 26-year-old.

"I'm still a bit shaken by this incident, and still walk around Pratunam market feeling a bit paranoid about my surroundings," Wong added.

Several other visitors to Bangkok took to social media to share their close encounters with the blast and to assure family and friends that they are safe.

Founder of the BIG group Benjamin Yong, who was in Bangkok at the time of the blast with his wife Elizabeth Lee, said that they were safe.

"An amazing day out in this beautiful city with the lovely @elizabethshenlyn. Thank you for everyone's concern. We're safe back at the hotel," he said in a post on Instagram.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the innocent victims and their family of this cowardly malicious act," said Yong.