KUALA LUMPUR – Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has verified that Jalan Alor in Bukit Bintang here has been cleared from any possible militant threats.
Ahmad Zahid, who is also the Home Minister, said that the location and the surrounding areas were now under strict surveillance by the police.
“We wish to assure the public that police are always prepared to ensure that there are no threats of violence from any group,” he told reporters after chairing the first phase of the 10th AMMTC plenary session, at the Intercontinental Hotel, here today.
News reports on Thursday said that the United States Embassy and the Australian High Commission had issued travel advisory on the possibility of terrorist attacks in Jalan Alor and its surrounding areas which they believed could happen on that day.
Following this, on the same day the police arrested three men comprising a local, an Indonesian and a Syrian national to assist in their investigation.
Ahmad Zahid also thanked the US intelligence for cooperating with the Malaysian Police on the matter.
On a separate matter, Ahmad Zahid said although the issue on haze was not directly related to the AMMTC, the Chief of Indonesian National Police General (Pol) Badrodin Haiti had brought up the issue to the meeting’s attention and had emphasized their commitment to solve the situation.
On this, Ahmad Zahid said the ASEAN leaders coverging at the 10th AMMTC had expressed their appreciation over Indonesia’s commitment and hopes that the commitment would be translated into stern actions.
Earlier, Haiti said a total of 40 out of 210 investigations carried out on the issue of forest fire in Kalimantan and Sumatera, Indonesia had been completed for prosecution. – BERNAMA