Don't scare folks with bags left unattended

PHOTO: The Star/ Asia News Network

KUALA LUMPUR - Shoppers, listen up! Police want you to stop leaving your bags unattended in major shopping malls.

This comes after Dang Wangi police had to mobilise their bomb squad to attend to two scares in Pavilion and Suria KLCC over the past three months.

In both cases, the bags, which were suspected by jittery members of the public to contain explosives, turned out to be clothing bags that had been left by tourists or shoppers.

Dang Wangi OCPD Asst Comm Zainol Samah said that while leaving one's possessions lying around was no violation of any law, these unattended bags could cause a lot of worry given the current state of heightened security.

Not only would the police have to be called to "defuse" a non-threatening situation, ACP Zainol said social media buzz of the supposed bombs would also incite fears that the city was not safe.

"We don't want that. It does not look good for the country. When it comes out on social media, the whole world will see it," he said.

In October, a group of students caused a bomb scare after they left their school bags outside the Suria KLCC entrance opposite Avenue K while going for a walk.

On Sunday, the bomb squad was called to Pavilion after two South Korean tourists left their bags of clothes on a bench in the mall while browsing around the stores.

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