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”.