KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 21 — The police have confirmed receiving reports about nine international schools, two in Kuala Lumpur and seven in Selangor, of having received bomb threats via email this morning.
Selangor police chief Datuk Hussein Omar Khan said inspections at the seven schools located in the Petaling Jaya, Kajang, Subang Jaya, Shah Alam, and Kuala Langat districts did not turn up any bombs.
The threats turned out to be hoaxes aimed at causing concern among the schools and parents.
Meanwhile, when contacted, Kuala Lumpur police chief Datuk Allaudeen Abdul Majid said the Bomb Disposal Unit was flushing at two international schools in Wangsa Maju, which received the bomb threats.
A message about the bomb threats went viral on social media between 10am and 11am this morning.
Meanwhile, police in Penang confirmed that two international schools in the Timur Laut district also received bomb threats via email today.
Acting Timur Laut district police chief Supt V. Saravanan said they received reports from the schools, one at Jalan Sungai Pinang at 11.20am and the other at Tanjung Tokong at 12.26pm.
“Both schools had the same email from the same sender, with the title “bahan letupan telah ditanam di sekolah” and the contents of the email stating that the sender was having problems in life where everyone around them was hating them, their father had raped them since young, and they were looked down in school.
“The Penang police contingent headquarters bomb disposal unit, along with the K9 tracker dog unit, conducted inspections at both schools and did not discover anything suspicious. The fire department was also at both locations,” he said.
Saravanan added the police had requested checks with the Communications and Multimedia Commission to identify the owner of the email account.
The case is being investigated under Section 507 of the Penal Code.
Similarly, the management of an international school in Ipoh, Perak, received an anonymous email about a bomb threat in the school building, Perak police chief Datuk Seri Mohd Yusri Hassan Basri said in a statement today.
The police took immediate action after learning about the threat from a school official at around 10.10am and conducted a thorough inspection of the school building with the help of the Perak police contingent headquarters bomb disposal unit.
“The checks revealed no suspicious objects, and after the situation was confirmed safe, all school staff and students were allowed back into the building at around 1.15 pm,” he said.
Yusri said the case is being investigated under Section 507 of the Penal Code and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.
The Johor police also received three police reports about bomb threats made via email against five private schools in the state today.
State police chief Datuk Kamarul Zaman Mamat said the reports covered Masai and Permas Jaya in Johor Bahru, Gelang Patah in Iskandar Puteri, as well as the Kulai and Muar districts, and were received between 11am and 6.18pm today.
Teams from the bomb disposal unit, district special branch unit, school liaison officers and K-9 tracker dogs were mobilised to conduct further investigations.
“Checks did not reveal any suspicious objects, and the areas were determined to be safe.
“Until now (7.30 pm), the police are still at the locations to conduct further observation,” he said in a statement today.