For the first time since Tuesday there is evidence of authority in control in riot-stricken Kuala Lumpur.
For the first time since Tuesday there is evidence of authority in control in riot-stricken Kuala Lumpur. Restrictions have been relaxed and all was quiet in the city yesterday (Saturday).
The curfew was lifted for three hours, to allow people to buy food supplies and other goods. The restrictions were not relaxed in the sensitive Chinese areas which have been the scenes of violent riots in the past few days.
The riots began after weekend general elections and have led to a national emergency proclamation.
Although the government have appealed for prices to remain steady, many housewives were charged double. Supermarkets were besieged but many shops -- remembering the violence when the curfew was eased on Thursday -- remained shut.
Riot police and troops stood by but only an occasional incident was reported.
At a press conference Deputy Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Abdul Razak who is in charge of co-ordinating the emergency services said that police had searched Chinese houses and arrested a number of what he called hard-core Communists after discovering a cache of weapons.
He said that despite this the situation in the country was cooling off. He has called in a working committee of two Malays, one Chinese and one Indian to help him restore complete order.
Pressmen in the city have used the Asia Insurance building as their centre. All available floor space has been taken over for beds and the few phones and teleprinters available have been in constant use keeping the rest of the world in touch with the situation.