Several convenience stores in Taman Seri Muda, an area badly affected by floods, were being looted yesterday (21 December).
According to Malay Mail, Shah Alam Police Chief Assistant Commissioner Baharudin Mat Taib has confirmed the several incidents that took place between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.
He also named the few premises which were being broken into and among which were KK Mart, 7-Eleven, Mydin Mart, and Jimat Supermarket.
“At present, the situation is under control where Shah Alam police have deployed crime prevention elements and called in General Operations Force reinforcement to locations that have been identified to deter any form of looting,” he said.
When asked if the owners of the premises had lodged any reports, Baharudin said none of them had done so. He then urged the relevant parties to immediately lodge a report at any nearby police station.
Meanwhile, Baharudin estimates that there are many perpetrators involved in the looting.
Previously, several pictures and videos had gone viral on social media, with the narrator claiming that the flood victims had not received any help from the authorities, leading them to break into these convenient stores in search for food.
Over the weekends, the central state across peninsular Malaysia has been badly hit by continuous heavy rain that caused rivers to overflow their banks and flood several areas.
The flood has caused thousands to evacuate from their homes and cut off roads and expressways, with Shah Alam and Klang among the worst-hit areas in the Klang Valley.