Bomb Hoax: International school in Penang becomes latest victim

GEORGE TOWN: Another international school here has lodged a police report on receiving a bomb threat.

This brings the count to three in the state with multiple more nationwide in the past two days.

In what seems to be a nationwide hoax, an international school in Batu Feringghi is the latest school to report receiving an email claiming there is a bomb threat.

George Town acting OCPD Supt V. Saravanan said there was another international school that received an email threat on Tuesday (Nov 21).

"They filed a police report this morning at 9.22am.

"Based on the facts, the school received the email on Tuesday morning at around 9.42am.

"The email was from an unknown individual.

"It said that there were explosives planted in the school," he said in a statement on Wednesday (Nov 22).

Meanwhile, a religious school in Rembau, Negri Sembilan, Sekolah Tinggi Islam As-Sofa also fell victim to a bomb hoax that forced the evacuation of more than 500 students and staff on Tuesday (Nov 21).

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On the same day, a private Japanese school and an international school here received bomb threats, while multiple other international schools received the same threat nationwide.

It was reported that the email was a bomb hoax that disrupted classes in 19 schools nationwide.

It is believed to have been sent to 70 schools in Jamaica earlier this month, said Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Razarudin Husain.

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He said 19 schools in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Johor, Penang, Perak and Negri Sembilan reported receiving the same email.

Police, he said, had initiated investigations under Section 507 of the Penal Code for criminal intimidation and Section 233 of the Communication and Multimedia Act for misuse of network facilities.

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