KUALA LUMPUR: Don't leave your bags unattended at shopping malls - that is the advice of the Dang Wangi police.
This comes after they had to mobilise their bomb squad at two shopping malls to “defuse” non-threatening situations.
In both cases, the bags which members of the public thought had explosives turned out to be clothing bags that had been left there by tourists or shoppers.
Dang Wangi OCPD Asst Comm Zainol Samah said Tuesday that there was no violation of any laws by leaving possessions lying around but this would cause a lot of worry to the people given the heightened security alert.
“I want to tell the public, when you go to a public place or a place of business, please don’t leave your bags like that. It will cause worry among the people who are there. We don’t want a situation of panic,” he said.
Not only would police have to be called to “defuse” a non-threatening situation, ACP Zainol said social media would be abuzz of the supposed bombs which would only contribute to more fear that the city was not a safe place.
“We don’t want that. It does not look good for the country. When it comes out on social media, the whole world will see it in a few seconds. Then they will think KL is dangerous,” he said.
Last week, Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said that popular tourist spots such as Bukit Bintang, Hartamas and Bangsar were among the places identified as possible locations under threat of terror attacks.
“The motive of the terror groups is to destabilise countries which attract tourists and create fear through attacks such as those committed in Jakarta, Indonesia, last week,” he said.
But city police said that Kuala Lumpur was still safe and assured that people could go about their daily activities in spite of terror claims.