'Aussie travel alert not told to us': Malaysia's police inspector general

KUALA LUMPUR - Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said the police were not aware why the Australian government issued a travel advisory about possible terror attacks in Malaysia.

"We don't know the basis and we are not sure if they know of any information on terror activities here.

"In the spirit of togetherness, if they know anything, they should share with us," Khalid, the Inspector General of Police said during a press conference at the Pavilion mall here yesterday.

Earlier, he accompanied the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on a walkabout of the tourist area of Bukit Bintang.

On Sunday, a travel advisory posted on the Australian Depart­ment of Foreign Affairs and Trade website stated that "attacks could be indiscriminate and Western int­erests or locations frequented by Westerners" were possible targets in Malaysia.

It also advised Australians to "reconsider the need to travel to the coastal region of eastern Sabah".

Last week, the UK also warned its citizens against travelling to coastal islands in Sabah's east coast bordering the Philippines, citing kidnaps and other criminal threats against foreigners.

In a move to show that Malaysia was safe, Najib, Khalid and several ministers took a walk at Pavillion shopping mall yesterday.

They arrived at about 5.20pm and spent about an hour at the mall, having tea and chatting with each other.

Among those present were Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, his deputy Datuk Johari Baharom, Deputy Home Ministers Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed and Datuk Masir Kujat and Armed Forces chief Jen Tan Sri Zulkifeli Mohd Zin.

Khalid said police had detained 160 people suspected to be threats to the country's security since January last year.

"We don't wish for them to return but there are those who came back. We will deal with them," he said.

On beefing up security Khalid said more than 300 personnel from police and the Armed Forces had been deployed in 24-hour patrols over the city and strategic places to ensure the safety of the public.

"This is a proactive measure," the IGP said, adding that among the areas include Bukit Bintang, the Kuala Lumpur International Air­port and shopping complexes.