THE ATMOSPHERE at Bukit Bintang and its surrounding areas is back to normal since the riot over the weekend.
A check by StarMetro in the day and at night showed that people had started patronising shops and eateries, and the traffic had also started getting heavy.
At Low Yat Plaza, all except one outlet was open for business. A security guard working there said that things were pretty much back to normal.
A bellboy in Federal Hotel said it could be also due to the Hari Raya holidays.
“Many people have left for their hometowns for the Hari Raya this Friday,’’ he said.
Shops and eateries around the area were open for business and some were bustling with the presence of both tourists and Malaysians.
“It’s like nothing ever happened,’’ said a sales girl working at Sephora.
“If you weren’t on Facebook, you’d never know that there was an incident here,’’ she said.
Both the LRT and monorail trains were packed with people with their luggage – many of them heading for the Pudu Sentral and the TBS Terminal (South Integrated Terminal).
Taxi driver Rahim K, said based on feedback from a KL Cabbies WhatsApp group, calls were still coming in from passengers wanting to go into Bukit Bintang.
“I had three jobs to ferry passengers to Bukit Bintang, two this morning and one to Federal Hotel in the afternoon,” said a Uber driver who wished to remain anonymous.
“It’s like nothing happened,’’ said sales executive Lina Tan who worked at Berjaya Times Square.
“My mother asked me to take leave today. But really, it’s a little exaggerated from what we see on Facebook,’’ Tan said.
There seems to be more cars on the road at night compared to in the day.
Nightspots were bustling with people including tourists and the food stalls were packed with customers.
This continued until the wee hours of the night. Even at 2am, people were still shopping.
Foreigners were spotted moving about with shopping bags in their hands along Jalan Bukit Bintang.
Jalan Alor was teeming with people out for late night snacks.
Massage parlours at Tengkat Tong Shin and Changkat Bukit Bintang were also opened and staff were seen calling out to customers.
There were also the usual street artists, musicians and traders along the five-foot way of Jalan Bukit Bintang.
Taxi driver Harold Michael, 59, said there was no sign of fear among traders and the public.
He said the presence of police personnel with patrol cars and plain clothed detectives in the area offered additional security and was comforting to know.
“Everything is normal and I am happy with the way the authorities handled the matter,’’ he said.
A foreigner who worked in a massage parlour, identified only as Nancy, said customers are happy to have their feet massaged after a walk,’’ she said
A durian seller who identified himself as Chong said his business was good.
“There are many locals and foreigners here and we don’t have any issue here,’’ he said.
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