Malaysia steps up security at entry points, malls

PUTRAJAYA • Security at Malaysia's key entry points such as airports, train stations and ports has been tightened as a precaution against terror attacks, officials said, and there will be increased police and military presence in public and tourist areas.

After chairing a meeting of the National Security Council yesterday, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said joint patrols by policemen and soldiers would be conducted immediately in the Bukit Bintang shopping and entertainment area in Kuala Lumpur, as well as a few major shopping malls.

"We want the people to feel safe and reassured. We want the people to continue their business as normal and not to be overly concerned as the authorities have the situation under control," he told a press conference.

Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said security had been beefed up at the country's key entry points from last year, after intelligence sources revealed a threat of possible attacks in Kuala Lumpur's popular food street, Jalan Alor, in Bukit Bintang.

"Airports and train stations are public areas, and we always pay close attention to these places. We have put in more surveillance equipment and personnel. We will continue to strengthen security at these areas," he told reporters on Monday after launching a civic awareness programme.

STAY CALM

Although some areas in the city have been identified as possible targets, Malaysians must stay calm and have confidence in our security forces.''

TRANSPORT MINISTER LIOW TIONG LAI

He also urged the public not to panic.

"Although some areas in the city have been identified as possible targets, Malaysians must stay calm and have confidence in our security forces," he said.

City buses and monorails in the capital are also taking precautions.

Mr Azmi Abdul Aziz, group chief executive of Prasarana, which runs the RapidKL city buses and KL Monorail, said company officials were working closely with police to enhance public safety and ensure no disruption to travel.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 20, 2016, with the headline 'Malaysia steps up security at entry points, malls'. Print Edition | Subscribe