No threat to Malaysia to hold Professional Squash Association Championships

Tourists and Malaysians alike going safely about their business or stopping to admire the festive decorations brightening up the area around Pavilion Kuala Lumpur.
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KUALA LUMPUR - Next week's Professional Squash Association (PSA) Women's World Champion­ships here is now "in doubt" after the tournament promoters raised a red flag about security concerns, a move that has left Malaysian authorities both puzzled and angered.

"The Professional Squash Asso­ciation can confirm that the staging of the 2015 Women's World Championship is currently subject to doubt following an e-mailed recommendation from tournament promoters, Hallmark Events Group," a statement from the world governing body said.

The Inspector-General of Police pooh-poohed the claims of any security risk in the country, let alone in the city.

The tournament is due to be held at Bukit Jalil and KLCC from Dec 11-18.

Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said there was no intelligence that indicated any security threat in the country.

"We are remaining vigilant to ensure the safety and security of the country," he said yesterday.

"However, there is no evidence to suggest any danger or security risk.

"We will first approach the organisers and find out what they meant by security risks.

"All branches of the police are ready to protect the country from any threat."

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak expressed his dismay over the competition's possible cancellation and instructed the police and the relevant ministries to act on the matter.

"Malaysia recently hosted many foreign delegates and leaders in various summits, which went on smoothly.

"We also host various other events, including sporting competitions every year without any incident," he tweeted.

The men's world squash team championships scheduled to be held from Dec 12 in Cairo is also in jeopardy with defending champions England, Canada, Finland, Germany, the United States as well as France, which has world number one Gregory Gaultier, all withdrawing from the meet.

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