KUALA LUMPUR - The Bukit Bintang blast is an act of lawlessness that will not be tolerated, says Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who ordered the police to quickly track down the perpetrators.
"I condemn, in the strongest terms, the violence that occurred in Bukit Bintang," said the Prime Minister.
"Police investigations are underway and the perpetrators of this crime will be found and brought to justice."
Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi called for calm among the public, adding that the police were investigating and that he was waiting for their updated report.
His deputy, Datuk Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar, said the police would take swift action, adding that they were gathering information on the motive and culprits.
"It could have been done by locals or immigrants. It could also have been due to business rivalry between clubs in the area.
"The possibilities are numerous," he told the Dewan Rakyat when Datuk Shamsul Anuar Nasarah (BN-Lenggong) brought up the incident.
Bukit Bintang MP Fong Kui Lun, who visited the scene, said quick police action was necessary to avoid the impression that "things in Malaysia are becoming like that in Haadyai".
Federal Territories Deputy Minister Dr Loga Bala Mohan Jaganathan, who also went to the scene, said there was no need "to push the panic button" over the isolated incident.