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.
Many, she said, also did not allow their children to play outside.
"And now, even walking from our houses to the nearby LRT station seems risky," she said.
A 23-year-old student, who wanted to be known only as Alvin, said news of Wong's death had hit close to home.
"I was robbed in Taman Mayang by two men on bikes last year. They threatened to hurt me before speeding off with my money," he said.
"The area around the LRT station is a hotbed for criminals. I hope measures will be taken to prevent more crimes from taking place."
The Kelana Jaya LRT station is among a row of shops that face the Damansara-Puchong Highway.
It is a high traffic area for commuters who use the LRT, shuttle service and public transportation, but is secluded in the early morning.
Business owners in the area are concerned about the lack of parking space, which means their clients have to park far away and walk to the shops.
The situation, they said, puts their clients at risk of getting robbed.
Wong's family was at his side when he died in hospital at about 5pm on Monday.
They flew in from Sibu, Sarawak, after finding out about the incident through the newspapers.
His body was claimed by family members at the University Malaya Medical Centre yesterday.
News of Wong's death shocked his friends who had earlier posted messages online that they were praying for his recovery.
"Please wake up, don't sleep any more," said his friend, who goes by the name "RuiMy Loveyou" on Facebook.
Condolence messages flooded in on Wong's Facebook wall after he died.
"You will forever be my friend," said "Gee Apple", another of his Facebook friends.