GEORGE TOWN: An Indonesian woman and two Malaysian men were arrested Friday (Aug 30) for allegedly being involved in the Aug 9 bomb hoax at the Penang International Airport
Balik Pulau OCPD Supt A.Anbalagan said the two Malaysian men, aged 22 and 38, had earlier made a prank call to airport personnel alleging that there was a bomb at the check-in counters.
"Before the incident, it was believed that the 38-year-old had some misunderstanding with the Indonesian woman, so he committed a bomb hoax in hopes of delaying her flight to Medan, Indonesia.
"However, the call was made through his phone registered in the woman's name by his 22-year-old friend after the 38-year-old convinced his friend to help.
"Initial investigations showed that the bomb hoax was entirely personal and that no criminal elements were involved," he said.
Supt Anbalagan said further investigations will be made after the police's remand request application.
He urged the public to not commit phone hoaxes as they are a criminal offence.
"We deployed our assets in response to this bomb hoax, including the K9 unit and a bomb defusing team to check the entire airport to ensure that it was safe. We hope the public will not commit such hoaxes," he said.