Malaysian PM warns nationals after London attack

11th August 2011, Comments 0 comments

Malaysia's prime minister has warned his country's citizens in riot-hit London to be on their guard following an attack on a Malaysian student that has sparked worldwide revulsion.

Asyraf Haziq Rosli, 20, was sitting dazed on an east London street with a broken jaw after Monday's attack, only to then be robbed a group of people who had been pretending to help him.

The episode has gained global attention as an example of the lawlessness on London streets after it was recorded via amateur video and posted on the Internet.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said in a posting on his Twitter account late Wednesday that he was "concerned" by the attack.

"I hope Malaysians in London and the surrounding areas will be wary and look after their own security," he said.

Asyraf had been on his way to buy food to break his daily fast for Ramadan, the month in which Muslims refrain from food and drink in the daylight hours.

British Prime Minister David Cameron also has condemned the attack, vowing Wednesday to restore order after days of looting and rioting in parts of London and other cities.

"When we see children as young as 13 looting and laughing, when we see the disgusting sight of an injured young man with people pretending to help him while they are robbing him, it is clear that there are things that are badly wrong in our society," he said.

The attack has shocked Malaysians and triggered an outpouring of sympathy for Asyraf, who remains in hospital with a broken jaw.

Meanwhile, 10 Malaysian students have moved to an apartment building offered by their university as a safe location in central London, the Star newspaper said.

The British High Commission in Malaysia says 13,500 Malaysians study in Britain.

The Malaysian Foreign Ministry has urged nationals to be alert and avoid high-risk areas in London.

© 2011 AFP

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