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Businesses around Hong Lim Park prepare for black out

Posted on 11 May 2013

Congregation of Malaysians there on Mother’s Day likely to cause power outage.

With the lights out, it's less dangerous

With the lights out, it’s less dangerous

Businesses surrounding Hong Lim Park are preparing for a black out tomorrow evening as a planned protest there at 630 p.m. will likely draw a crowd of Malaysians.

The rally at Hong Lim Park is open to Singaporeans who want to show solidarity with the Malaysians following their unpopular election results last week, although Malaysians are allowed to be present as observers.

It has been historically shown that a congregation of Malaysians at any given location will cause lights to go out.

And it is this presence of Malaysians in large groups that has sparked fear among businesses surrounding the protest rally site.

Some business owners have taken preventive measures to address the potential black out.

Zho Seng Li, a pub owner, said: “I burn quite a lot of joss paper this morning to pray that it rains heavily tomorrow. This will dissuade them.”

The concerns of businesses are legitimate as the congregation of Malaysians caused a black out at the CBD two days ago when 200 Malaysians showed up at the Merlion Park to protest.

The black out is similar to what Malaysians experienced on election day when electricity went dead at the polls.

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