Kuala Lumpur is safe and secure from terror attacks, say police

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KUALA LUMPUR - Police have given the assurance that the city is safe and the people can go about their daily activities in spite of claims that terror groups have targeted several locations for attacks.

City police chief Comm Datuk Tajudin Md Isa said enough measures were being taken to ensure that the city was safe from such attacks.

On Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor's earlier statement that popular tourist spots were among the likely targets of terror attacks, Comm Tajudin said:

"We are not sure where Datuk Seri Adnan got his information from. As far as we are concerned, security at all public places has been intensified and we are doing all we can in monitoring suspicious movements and maintaining public order.

"And this is not just at the locations that he mentioned."

Tengku Adnan had said that popular tourist spots such as Bukit Bintang, Publika, Solaris, Hartamas, Bangsar and The Curve were among the places identified as possible locations under threat of terror attacks.

He said the authorities were aware of the threats and were on standby for any possibilities, adding that the ministry's enforcement teams would work closely with the police to beef up security.

Tengku Adnan said the ministry was also considering seeking the help of the Defence Ministry to secure popular tourist and leisure spots if the need arose.

"The motive of the terror groups is to destabilise countries which attract tourists and create fear through attacks such as those committed in Jakarta, Indonesia, last week," he said.

Tengku Adnan urged those with any information or suspicion about any form of militant activities to report the matter to the authorities.

Special Branch director Datuk Seri Mohamad Fuzi Harun also dismissed widespread rumours of impending attacks by Islamic State militants, which were supposedly "verified" by a Special Branch source.

"This is rubbish and not true at all. We are monitoring the situation throughout the country.

"We are also focusing on the situation in Sabah, especially along the eastern side.

"My advice to the public is not to be too trusting when they come across unverified information like those posted on social media to prevent public unrest," he said.

Among the alleged locations that were mentioned in the message were KLCC, Pavilion, Batu Caves, the Beach Club area, Jalan Alor, Petaling Street, busy train stations and fast food outlets.

In a statement, Inspector-General of Police Secretariat's assistant head (corporate communications) Asst Comm Datin Asmawati Ahmad urged Malaysians to stop stoking fear by spreading rumours about Malaysian locations being the next target of Islamic State terrorists.

She said police had never named specific locations to be the targets of the terror group.

"The IGP only said police were beefing up security at public places to ensure everyone's safety.

"This is exactly what we are doing, by increasing our presence," she said.

ACP Asmawati said police viewed seriously the spreading of unverified information as it could cause uneasiness among the people.