Ever experinced in a disaster Riots/Demonstration ??

@shia88 (4578)
Malaysia
September 22, 2009 1:01am CST
I remembered well during my high school, I experienced a demonstration going on at my town. Alot of rumours were going on that the rioters were coming to the town area and attacked shops and everyone in the road. They came in a big group and it happened out of sudden. When my dad received the rumours, we faster locked the door and windows,the whole street has became quiet, like a ghost town. Nobody dare to be out from home.We were so scared and no way to run away. Only staying at home will protect us from that point of time. There is once where my family members ran away to overseas as the situation was getting worse. Air tickets were so expensive ,but saving our life is more important. Let's share your thoughts !!
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@cwong77 (2011)
• Malaysia
22 Sep 09
I had the same experience back about 10 years ago, when I had to camp in my office due to all this rumours and end up actually it's just plain rumours! Well, there was a demo going on, however was not as bad as it was rumoured... sometimes, I do feel that in Malaysia, those so call demo or street protesters were badly imaged by our police force and media to make it so badly shown.. I think we have yet to reach the point like the current situation in Thailand, which even the airport will need to be closed.. however, when some of my friends visited Bangkok during the protest, they find it OK coz it does not affect the tourism. wow.. your family is really worry on that point, that even fly off to other places just to be in secure ya.. BTW, where did you go to? While I was working as an immigration consultant, I always hear people saying that the reason of their application, one of it is also be able to fly off anytime without going to worry on the visa application.. or else we can't go anywhere far since most countries now need to have a valid visa upon entering.. By having a residence status in some other countries, it help during this kind of situation..
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@shia88 (4578)
• Malaysia
22 Sep 09
Hi Cwong, Indonesia riots is more terrible than the Malaysia one. They even raped the Chinese ladies,it really happened in Jakarta. I was not at my hometown when it happened in 1997. I was in Singapore. Actually I a not aware of the riots as I seldom read and watch tv news. One night, I called back home to ask my father check on my air ticket. Then only I knew that my hometown is having a demonstration. All offices are closed for few days. A few days later, I got a call from my dad that my whole family is leaving to Penang,the nearest country to my hometown.Luckily, my dad managed to get an air ticket for my whole family members. they were away for about 10 days. Oh...you used to be an immigration consultant.That is great job. My advice is always standby your passport,make sure it is valid at least 6 months before the expired date. SO whenever you need to travel out urgently, just book a ticket and Go!!
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@cwong77 (2011)
• Malaysia
22 Sep 09
shia.. yup, I saw those news reporting about Indonesia back then.. and it's really scary.. some of my friends too went away with their family during that period of time.. and I agree with you, we must get our passports ready all the time.. and in a place where we are able to reach easily.. I had once a friend who lock his passport in a safe, and at time when he is suppose to leave for an urgent meeting, he couldn't get his passport as the combination was not right.. we were as anxious as him in order to get the correct combination, and luckily the wife return and got it for him.. here in Malaysia.. a book of passport cost RM300 for a 5 year period.. not cheap though..
• Malaysia
26 Sep 09
Dear cwong77, I heard the good news that the Malaysian passport fees is reduced to RM100 already. It is the time to renew our passport at this reasonable price. Mine just got renewed last year. It is true, we should make sure the validity of our passport at all times!
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@tigeraunt (6331)
• Philippines
22 Sep 09
hi shia, i am very lucky i have never experienced demonstrations in my town especially the violent ones. i do see them on tv though and i feel for them but i guess nothing can be solved if it gets violent. happy mylotting. ann
@shia88 (4578)
• Malaysia
22 Sep 09
Hi Ann, It is a blessed that you lived in a steady town.No riots and everything go smoothly. Now my country is back to normal...everything is fine. No more demonstration and I hope it will remains the same in future. I can't have a peaceful life when there is a demonstration.Everyday is a scary day.