KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 10, 2015:
Kuala Lumpur Mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal Talib will leave it to the police and the management of Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) to handle a bomb threat targeting the city’s iconic twin towers.
“While the authorities must investigate every threat, giving in to threats only begets more threats, and the public must go about their daily lives.
“KLCC is an iconic building and is frequented by tourists. Despite recent bombings and bomb threats in Paris and Sydney, we don’t want people to panic here,” he told The Rakyat Post.
Ahmad Phesal was commenting when asked about a report in English daily New Straits Times that the mayor’s office had received a letter on Thursday threatening to bomb KLCC if RM10 million was not banked into four bank accounts.
Quoting sources, the daily reported that the person who wrote the letter may hold a grudge against City Hall based on the vulgar language used.
The daily also quoted deputy Inspector General of Police Datuk Seri Noor Rashid Ibrahim as saying that initial investigations showed that the threat may have come from a disturbed person.
However, the police were taking it seriously and investigations were being carried out under Section 507 of the Penal Code for criminal intimidation by anonymous communication.
Ahmad Phesal reassured the public by saying that while the authorities were conducting investigations and quietly working on ensuring public safety, the public had no need to worry.
“This is not an issue because the note was even written by hand. How can this chap give account numbers if he is serious and cares about not getting caught?” asked Ahmad Phesal.
Initial investigations also showed that the four bank accounts belonged to different people who police believed were not involved in the threat.