A long-time running Chee Cheong Fun stall at the historical Kwai Chai Hong in Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown was found to be burned down on Monday.
Shared by a Facebook user, the news was shared to her in a messaging group and city-dwellers and netizens have started coming to the support of the stall owner ever since.
Upon visiting the stall, the user who shared the news on Facebook immediately asked about the now burned down stall. Disheartened, the uncle answered about how he doesn’t know and maybe he just made too many enemies along the way and years.
The stall was solely run by the uncle for more than 19 years and had previously took a four month break due to the Covid-19 pandemic, he just recently came back to running the stall. There were also worries among netizens about how the owner will still be worried even if the stall is rebuilt later on.
The user added on how the uncle was rummaging through the burnt up leftovers of his stall and seemed lost while pondering through the 19 years he has ran the stall.
Nearby construction workers have since helped to clean out the junk and also offered building materials and also some of the workers to help rebuild the stall.
CCTV footage shows an individual throwing a fire at the stall late in the night and leaving the scene immediately; however, the identity of the perpetrator remains unknown
“This pandemic has already been hard enough on all of us” said one netizen. “Now it’s just salt on the wound for this stall owner”.
“I’ve been here for almost 10 years” said another. “It’s just now because of work that I’ve rarely been there”.
Many students at the nearby Advance Tertiary College (ATC) are frequent go-ers of the stall; the college has since started a donation drive for the stall owner which has summed up to RM5,000 as of Monday morning.
Donations will be accepted up until the 21st of October and be passed to the uncle on the 23rd of October.