Nightspots boost security following Movida attack


PETALING JAYA: The Movida nightclub in Puchong, Selangor, has beefed up its security after gaining prominence as the first place ever attacked by the Islamic State (IS) in the country.

Star Online said the owner of Movida, Roger Hew, reacted in shock when police confirmed that the bombing at the nightclub was the work of the Islamic State.

He said his nightclub branches were beefing up security following advice from authorities.

Eight people watching a football match at Movida on June 28 at 2.15am were injured when a hand grenade was lobbed into the premises. Police arrested 15 people, including two policemen, believed involved in the plot.

Police said the IS terrorists had earlier targeted another nightspot nearby, which usually boasts a bigger crowd, but found it closed. They then chose Movida instead.

Hew had earlier posted on his Facebook page that the attack on his club could be a personal conflict a patron was facing, but this was denied by one of the customers.

The newspaper said other bars and pubs have increased their vigilance and security following the attack but admitted they did not know how to defend themselves against a terror attack.

Chef Don’s Daniel Theseira, who owns Uncle Don’s diner and bar in SS2 here, said safety was topmost on his mind and he was relying on his bouncers to keep alert for trouble.

Online Pub co-owner Colin Bala­chandran said it was business as usual for him and was sceptical pubs would be a target for IS.

Fann Peng Nan, who owns the Rosetti Bar in Jalan Lido, Johor Bahru, said they were more careful these days and would immediately alert the police if they spotted anything suspicious.

Another pub owner in the city said most of his customers were foreigners, including Singapore, and hoped the Movida attack will not scare away his regulars.

Automall deputy chairman and founder Leon Lee, operating in George Town, said his security guards were keeping a close watch for suspicious characters and unattended bags or packages.

Penang Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa and Golden Sands Resort said former Gurkha soldiers were guarding both the premises.