Police say KL is safe, security stepped up


KUALA LUMPUR: The police have given an assurance that the capital is safe for citizens and tourists to go about their daily activities, after a federal minister had named seven areas a potential hotspots for terrorists.

Bangsar and Bukit Bintaing were among the seven areas named by federal territories minister Tengku Adnan Mansor this morning.

However, Kuala Lumpur police chief Tajudin Md Isa later said: “We are not sure where Datuk Seri Adnan got his information from but as far as we’re concerned, the security at all public places have been intensified.”

“We are doing all we can to monitor suspicious activities and maintaining public order,” he said in remarks quoted by Star Online.

Federal police headquarters also issued a statement that the increased police presence in several public areas was to give the public confidence that the force was ready to respond to any threat.

The police also cautioned against sharing news that could raise fear among the public.

“The public are advised not to easily believed and stop from sharing such news that could rouse uneasiness, especially those (news) that was not published by the country’s security agency,” Bukit Aman spokesman Asmawati Ahmad said.

Tengku Adnan, relying on what he said was an intelligence report, had named Bangsar, Hartamas, Publika, The Curve, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur and KL Tower as potential hotspots.

He said the police presence would be increased and discussions would be held with the defence ministry whether there was a need to mobilise the military.

However, tourists interviewed by Bernama in the capital did not express any fear for their own safety, but they were confident of Malaysia’s ability in curbing terrorist activities.

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