SHAH ALAM (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Malaysian police said on Tuesday (Aug 2) it will investigate the authenticity of a letter sent to a Negri Sembilan police station on Monday, claiming that Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants are targeting several top leaders.
Those named included Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, his deputy Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zaid Hamidi, Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali, and Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.
Three ministers named were Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak, Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said and Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor as well as deputy minister Nur Juzlan Mohamed.
Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi was the foreign leader named as a target in the two-page letter entitled "IS threat", referring to the group by its other acronym.
Photocopies of the photographs of the leaders targeted were attached to the letter.
The letter also claimed there were about 700 ISIS militants in Negri Sembilan but police have dismissed the claim.
They believed the sender was attempting to boast about the influence of ISIS in Malaysia.
Wrapped in a brown paper, the letter and the photos have been handed over to the Forensic Department.
Police are in trying to establish the identity of the sender.
Commenting on the latest threat letter sent to the Nilai police station, the IGP said the Negri Sembilan police had received at least four similar threats recently.
"Since the letters were sent through postal service, we will check its origin and senders. These letters were sent to several police stations in the state, including that in Port Dickson and Nilai," Khalid told reporters at the Selangor police contingent's Hari Raya open house on Tuesday.
Khalid said the police would not take the matter lightly and would investigate the individuals behind the threats.
"The motive is unclear as several foreign leaders were also mentioned in the letters. These threats will not weaken our spirits in carrying out our duties as police personnel," he said.