Shahbandar visitors take extra care

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BRUNEI-MUARA

SOME Bukit Shahbandar visitors and vendors have begun to take extra precautions due to the unsolved murder of a woman at the recreational park on September 7.

However, some remained unperturbed as they go about their usual routine at the park yesterday.

Speaking to The Brunei Times, Malik, a stall owner operating at Bukit Shahbandar for over a decade, said he continued to run his shop even though a few stalls had shut since the murder of 39-year-old Chin Mei Fong.

“For me it is business as usual, and my sales haven’t really gone down,” said Malik whose shop is popular for fresh coconut and nasi katok.

“Security around the park hasn’t really changed at all since the murder, at least not from what I’ve seen. This is something that could be improved,” he said, adding that the police had questioned him and his workers after the crime was first reported.

A group of young joggers who took the opportunity of the Aidil Adha public holiday to go for a hike yesterday said they had stopped going to the park alone, preferring to go in groups of at least three people.

“A lot of the more serious runners don’t like training in bigger groups, because they like to set the pace very high and are training seriously for runs, but since the incident we don’t want to take the risk of going alone” said 17-year-old Munirah Hj Munir.

Her classmate, Tajuddin Salleh, said he only sticks to trails that he frequents often and are well known to joggers as a safety precaution.

Another member of the group Damian Leong said another measure he takes is to trek only when visibility is good.

“I know a lot of people like to come after work, but I personally would not go if it is past 5.30pm, because you do not want to get lost in the dark. Rainy days or when it looks like it’s going to rain are also a no-go for me.”

Hjh Hamizah Hj Aziz, a teacher who was with her husband, suggested members of the public frequenting the park to carry whistles to draw attention to suspicious and dangerous activity.

“Under the (current) circumstances, it’s actually better for the public to come during peak hours rather than avoid the crowd. During the early morning, when there are plenty of people on the trail, a whistle would be a good way to get help and alert those nearby.”

The Brunei Times