Aug 12, 2013

    Malaysians skip supper due to safety concerns

    THEIR stomachs may be growling, but more Malaysians are forgoing late-night suppers and staying indoors, in the wake of recent gun violence.

    University student Joseph Gan, for instance, prefers to hang out at friends' homes these days rather than go out for a teh tarik in the middle of the night.

    "I used to hang out at the nasi kandar shops in Bangsar for the ambience, but now my friends and I just gather at each other's places," said the 22-year-old. "The girls, especially, are scared to come out."

    Retiree K. Balan, 61, said he would dine out late at night only if he was with a group of friends: "I won't go out alone. I am too afraid. Look at the number of shootings that have been reported recently."

    Penangite Ang Bah Nee, 30, said her favourite economy-rice seller in George Town no longer opens till the wee hours of the morning.

    She said: "My friends and I used to go there after clubbing at 3am but, these days, it's closed as early as 10.30pm."

    A check by The Star in Klang Valley revealed that some popular late-night eating spots were pulling in smaller crowds after 10pm, even on the eves of public holidays and weekends.

    A coffee-shop worker in Section 14 said that unlike before, walk-in customers after 10pm were rare.

    She said: "A few months ago, we heard that a coffee shop nearby was robbed twice by parang-wielding men at closing time. Maybe people are afraid."