A routine press conference took a bizarre turn when a man threatened reporters with a knife concealed in his bag.
He warned pressmen, who were waiting for Deputy Federal Territories Minister Datuk M. Saravanan at a coffeeshop in the Chow Kit market here, not to report on or take pictures of Chow Kit. It was believed that the unidentified 42-year-old man was drunk. He did not put up any resistance when arrested by police and sent to the Dang Wangi station.
Saravanan had missed the excitement because he had been making his rounds at the market accompanied by members of the Chow Kit Small Traders and Hawkers Association and Alam Flora, as well as Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) officers.
With clogged drains, pools of stagnant water, overflowing rubbish bins and illegal fencing around the area, the backalleys of Chow Kit market have become a breeding ground for both drug addicts and insects, critics say. Streetlights should be placed in the alleys and the illegal fencing torn down, said Saravanan. He referred the clogged drains and piles of rubbish to Alam Flora officers and urged them to take action. He urged hawkers to clear up the blocked areas so that Alam Flora could carry out its duties.