KUALA LUMPUR: The city is back to normal with people back thronging popular shopping spots, especially around Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman.
A Bernama check found shopping complexes as crowded as ever on a typical weekend without any signs of the complete washout Saturday when many shops were closed as a result of the illegal rally by Bersih.
A visitor from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Saini Kussu, 62, and his wife, Rahmah Manjcik, 60, who were in Kuala Lumpur the last two days were busy shopping before flying back this evening.
"I knew there was an illegal rally yesterday, so I postponed my visit to the Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman area, and thank God, the situation has returned to normal today.
"Members of the public and tourists need not worry as they can now go about and shop in peace," he said.
Sharifah Azizam, 50, from Terengganu, also had to cancel her plan to visit Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman Saturday after learning that police had blocked entry into the city centre.
"I am able to come today to browse around as well as watch the people go by," she said.
Traders said they suffered losses Saturday, some as much as RM4,000 as they had to close their business premises earlier than usual.
Wilson Chye 28, said Saturdays and Sundays should have been busy days but as a result of the illegal rally, his shop recorded a loss of about RM4,000 as people stayed away from the area.
"Even today, shoppers are still worried about their safety. Although the crowd has returned, it is not as big as usual," he said. Bernama also checked out the Dataran Merdeka area and found the situation back to normal although the road in front of Bangunan Sultan Abdul Samad is closed on weekends.
Saturday saw large crowds gathering illegally at several locations in the city including Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Dataran Merdeka and Puduraya before being dispersed by police at about 5pm.
tunku : the police should be more stern in taking action against the illegal demonstrators. they should not treat them well during detention. they should be taught a lesson or they will do it again and again. we have ample channel for people to voice out and one of them is election. street rallies is not the way and should not be our culture. if these dirty rallies continues, our economy will suffer.i would like to thank to our pm for visiting the affected areas today and engaging with the public.this is the quality of a true leader not like the one who pretend to be sick and leave his supporters behind.