M'sians advised to avoid public places following London attack

Farezza Hanum Rashid

KUALA LUMPUR: Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia’s (PPBM) Kelab Bunga Raya in the United Kingdom has advised Malaysians there to avoid going to public places for the time being.

The club’s International Relations Bureau media and communication executive Suffian Ariff Haron said this following the terrorist attack in Westminster.

“Malaysian tourists and students in London should avoid going to public places at this period for fear of another attack taking place,” he said in a statement today.

Suffian expressed his deepest condolences to the families of the victims and strongly condemned the incident.

The attack by an unknown perpetrator left five people dead and another 40 people injured.

According to Mohd Indera Sharil, who is holidaying in London with his family, they were only 10 minutes away from the Buckingham Palace when the incident took place.

“When we were nearer, we saw that there were many police cars and the sirens were blaring, we had thought perhaps the Queen was passing by.

“We were then told by our tour bus driver that roads have been closed because of a shooting incident at the Parliament. I was very scared as we had two little children in tow,” he told the New Straits Times.

After news revealed that it was an Islamist-inspired attack, Indera said people eyed his family warily as his wife wore a head scarf.

“I am saddened by the incident. I won’t be surprised if in the future, Muslims are banned from entering London,” he said.

On Wednesday the attacker mowed down pedestrians as he drove across Westminster Bridge before crashing in railings near the Houses of Parliament. He tried to enter the building, stabbing a police officer in the process before he was shot dead.

UK police was reported as saying that they have identified the attacker but will not yet issue an announcement on the matter.