Malaysia mobilised its security personnel in its main city on 20 November after unconfirmed reports of an “imminent terrorist threat” ahead of a gathering of world leaders for a regional summit, including America President Barack Obama.
“There have been reports of imminent terrorist threats in Malaysia,” Malaysia’s police chief Khalid Abu Bakar said in a statement on Thursday night. “At this point, I would like to underline that they have yet to be confirmed.”
The heighten alert level came after Bakar confirmed the existence of an internal police memo detailing the presence of at least 10 potential suicide bombers in Kuala Lumpur and eight elsewhere in the country. The police memo, leaked to local media, revealed details of a meeting last Sunday between members of the armed Philippine groups the Moro National Liberation Front and Abu Sayyaf, along with those from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
However in a twist of development, the Malaysian police on the 21 of November, issued a warning to members of public to not spread further the unverified claims.
City Police chief Assistant Commissioner M Chandra said action will be taken against those who post such rumours to spread fear in the social media such as Facebook and chat application Whatsapp. “Public safety is our priority,” he stressed adding action can be taken under the Penal Code and the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.