PETALING JAYA: Even as pro-democracy protesters fill Hong Kong’s Central and Admiralty areas, Malaysians there say it is mostly business as usual in China’s special administrative region.
As protests have been peaceful, graduate student Wey Wen Lim finds her surroundings very safe.
“However, some students and university staff have experienced delays in their travels as they need to pass the protest areas,” she added.
The Star’s fashion reporter Bervin Cheong, who is in Hong Kong for an assignment, said certain roads are closed, preventing cabs and shuttles from moving around properly.
“The people I’ve met are not worried about their safety. They are more concerned about the inconvenience in getting around,” said Cheong.
Management trainee Elissa said a few friends working in the Central area had to evacuate their offices on Monday afternoon so they would not get trapped by the growing crowds.
“Apart from the commotion and drama with the police – which is mostly happening at the core of the crowd – the rest of the protests are spread out and generally peaceful with a lot of singing and chanting,” she added.
Emily Tan, an editor who lives in the Central Mid-Levels, said there has been no outbreak of violence since the one clash with the police.
“As a tourist, you may find that the protest is interfering with your ability to get around. But the city is not at a standstill,” she said.
Malaysian consul-general in Hong Kong Tengku Sirajuzzaman Tengku Mohamed Ariffin said Hong Kong remains a safe place to visit overall. Visitors only need to avoid venues of planned demonstrations.
The areas to avoid are Central, Admiralty, Wan Chai and Causeway Bay on Hong Kong Island and Mongkok in Kowloon.
Most other parts of Hong Kong were not affected by the demonstrations, which had been peaceful with no damage to public spaces, added Tengku Sirajuzzaman.
He added that the “Occupy Central With Love and Peace” group spearheading the demonstrations was planning to hold its biggest gathering today as it was also China’s national day and a public holiday.
The Malaysian consulate is closely monitoring security and safety and will issue any updates if necessary.
Tengku Sirajuzzaman urged all Malaysians in Hong Kong to register at the consulate to make it easier for the authorities to reach them and extend help if required.
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