Thoughts from Malaysians living in Britain


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 09 Jul 2005

IT was incredible watching the emergency and rescue services, together with the police, swing into action across the city. Undoubtedly, their high level of preparedness and efficiency minimised the number of casualties. – Vijayan Nadarajah 

The Muslim Council of Britain released a press statement telling all Muslims to be vigilant against public reprisals. My cousin is anxious about facing her workmates because she wears a tudung. – Anonymous 

I would just like to inform my friends and family back home that I am safe. I tried the Malaysian Students Department but their e-mail does not seem to work. – Teo Sue Anne 

I’m a medical student here. There is a sense of fear in me and everyone else in London. The image of Bus 30 blown apart is very disturbing. I feel paranoid and unsafe. I walked past a bus earlier. – Choo Wai Kah  

The sight yesterday was not very different from Wednesday, when people made calls after hearing the news of London’s successful bid to host the 2012 Olympics. But tears of joy among the people 24 hours earlier became tears of sorrow yesterday. – Hoh Hsin-Hui 

I live in London with my wife. We passed by two of the blast scenes earlier. I am really glad I am here writing this e-mail. – Lau Chieh Hsiung 

One of my colleagues is unaccounted for. Her fiancé has been searching for her the whole night. We are all praying for her safety. – Andy Ong 

My colleague and I boarded the water taxis which run along the Thames and made our way home to Greenwich. It was probably the safest form of transportation in London on Thursday. Cyndy Thooi  

We had talked among colleagues about the tube station being a perfect target for terrorists and knew sooner or later it would be attacked. It did not come as a surprise to many. – Benny Ong 

Life goes on; we should possess the strength to live through this and not be discouraged by this incident. – Weng Yee Leong 

We have lived in London since 1973, and have seen the terrorist onslaught over the years. Our feelings go out to the injured and those who died, and we and all Londoners will stand strong in the face of this intimidation. – Dr Gurcharan Singh 

The government, the security services and the hospitals were very quick in reacting. Probably it was something they had been expecting. It was just a matter of time. – Sook Wah Yee 

Tonight (Friday night), like many others living in this city who refuse to let our spirits be broken by this act of senseless terror, I am making damned sure I party harder than I ever did before. – Simone Chung  

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