@flootist pretty much my entire lifetime (at least since I was about 5 or 6) we have been strongly warned against this practice in Britain (both to avoid the backpacks and their contents getting stolen, and concerns over terrorism).
I guess Malaysia has been fairly safe in this respect from the 1970s until very recent years with greater global political and economic disruption..
@flootist to be fair I think the threat landscape in last 25 years has shifted more to risk of theft of electronic devices from students' backpacks than IEDs (there are anti extremism programmes in University and a lot of CCTV, even since the 1980s)
its been a very long time since I was anywhere near a University library - but I never struggled to find a seat in a University library, although student numbers have likely increased loads around the world...
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