JB malls beef up security in light of ISIS threats

JOHOR BARU - Shopping malls and popular tourist destinations in Johor are beefing up security to ensure public safety in light of the recent Islamic State threats.

A Johor Baru City Square shopping mall official, Joyce Lee, said the management had been training its staff to be more vigilant.

"We have also set up a standard operating procedure for more effective training and police have been doing frequent rounds at the vicinity," said Lee who is the deputy marketing manager here yesterday.

Lee noted that the complex recorded some 28 million visitors last year, an average of 2.3 million monthly.

"Our shoppers are a mix of locals and Singaporeans. We take the security issue very seriously and constantly monitor the place through closed-circuit television and patrols," she added.

Similarly, Sutera Mall centre manager Crystal Soon said that they have been conducting impromptu bomb emergency drills in the mall without causing panic among its shoppers.

Soon pointed out that the exercises were carried out discreetly during the day or night to avoid panic or chaos, adding that the mall receives about 700,000 visitors a month.