Social media users condemn attempts to racialise the brawl at the KL’s Low Yat Plaza

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A man runs for cover as several others chase him outside the Low Yat Plaza, last night. Malaysians have condemned attempts to racialise the mall brawl, said to have been sparked by claims of theft by a customer. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, July 13, 2015.
A man runs for cover as several others chase him outside the Low Yat Plaza, last night. Malaysians have condemned attempts to racialise the mall brawl, said to have been sparked by claims of theft by a customer. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, July 13, 2015.
A man runs for cover as several others chase him outside the Low Yat Plaza, last night. Malaysians have condemned attempts to racialise the mall brawl, said to have been sparked by claims of theft by a customer. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, July 13, 2015.

Malaysian social media users have condemned attempts to racialise the brawl at the Low Yat Plaza shopping centre in Kuala Lumpur over the purchase of a mobile phone, which left five people injured over the weekend. Many who took to Facebook and Twitter said the incident should not be viewed through racial lens. The hashtag #LowYat is the top trending local Twitter topic of the day, with many sharing pictures and news reports of the incident.

In a posting that has been retweeted over 240 times, @ AlifAmdan said race should not have cropped up at all: “If its ‘scam’ it should be labelled as a ‘scam’. If its a ‘robbery’ it should be labelled as a ‘robbery’. Race shouldn’t be mentioned #lowyat”.