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AFTER the Manchester terrorist attack: Malaysian students in UK say….

The Monday night’s terrorist attack during Ariana Grande’s concert in Manchester Arena, shocked people globally. So far, from what we know,  as a result of the suicide bombing, 22 people are dead, including an eight-year-old girl, and dozens injured.

UK, being a popular study destination for Malaysians, is generally considered safe – but should Malaysians coming to any of the big cities in United Kingdom be scared?

We spoke to 2 Malaysian students living and studying in UK. about the Manchester bombing attack, and the way they perceive the safety and the situation now.

 Henry Teoh, studying in Cambridge:

How did you find out about the #ManchesterAttack?

I woke up to the news, and my first reaction was to check in on my friends studying in Manchester

Was any of your friends affected?

My friend was at the concert, they came out unscathed.

Are you more scared about your safety in UK now?

I’m a little more wary. Cambridge is quite small, so I don’t think anything will happen here. However, I would be a little more cautious in bigger cities like London and Manchester

Do you think the attack would change the way Malaysians are perceived in UK?

Not much, as most of them (Brits) don’t even know where Malaysia is.

Would you recommend Malaysians to come and study in UK?

If you have the chance, definitely take it – it is an amazing opportunity to expand your perspective and to see what is out there in the world today

James Wong, studying in Newcastle:

How did you find out about the #ManchesterAttack?

I was preparing to sleep when my friends told me this news. I was shocked because it happened in Manchester that I have been to few months ago.

Was any of your friends affected?

No, I don’t have friends at the concert .

Are you more scared about your safety in UK now?
I still feel safe in the UK, especially in Newcastle, there’s a lot of police around.

Do you think the attack would change the way Malaysians are perceived in UK?
Most of them (Brits) thought we are coming from China or Korea, it’s a surprise to them when we told them we are Malaysian, actually. So they don’t know much about Malaysia anyways.

Would you recommend Malaysians to come and study in UK?

Yes, definitely. Just enjoy your time here and avoid crowded places.

Zuzanna Ch
World traveller, but with the heart stuck in Malaysia.