JOHOR BARU: Five private schools in Johor have received bomb threats sent via email.
Johor police chief Comm Datuk Kamarul Zaman Mamat confirmed that the schools in Permas Jaya, Masai, Gelang Patah, Kulai and Muar have received the email between 11am and 6.18pm on Tuesday (Nov 21).
"After receiving the reports, teams of policemen including the bomb squad and canine unit were sent to the schools to investigate the alleged threat,” he said.
"We searched the school areas and no suspicious object was found. The locations have been deemed safe," he added in a statement on Tuesday.
He said that the police were still on standby at the locations to monitor the situation.
The cases were being investigated under Section 507 of the Penal Code which carries a maximum jail term of seven years or a fine, or both upon conviction.
It was also being probed under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 which was punishable with up to one-year imprisonment, a fine up to RM50,000 or both upon conviction.
"The people are advised to remain calm and refrain from speculating about the issue which could lead to public unrest," he added.
Those with related information are urged to contact the Johor police hotline at 07-221 2999 or head to the nearest police station.
Earlier, it was reported that a number of international schools within the Klang Valley area received bomb threats on Tuesday.
It was learnt that one of the schools in Kajang was evacuated after receiving an email about the threat between 9.30am and 10am on Tuesday.
In Penang, a private Japanese school and an international school also received bomb threats on the same day, while in Perak an international school in Meru Raya was also targeted.