By Aida Aziz
IPOH: Police arrested a 38-year-old local man who is believed to be a suspect in the case of a fake bomb threat call at Aeon Mall Klebang yesterday.
Ipoh District Police Chief, ACP Yahaya Hassan said the suspect was arrested at a house in Tasek, here at 9.30pm, which is less than five hours after the police report was received.
He further explained that the man is believed to be responsible for the bomb threat call to the management of the shopping centre based on the evidence obtained.
“On Wednesday at 4.50pm, the Ipoh police received a report from an employee of a shopping centre here that the management had received a phone call from an unknown individual.
“It was regarding a bomb threat in the shopping centre building. The police acted immediately by carrying out a comprehensive inspection of the building involved.
“It involves the assistance of the Bomb Disposal Unit of the Perak Police Contingent Headquarters, the Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department and the Malaysian Civilian Forces,” he told reporters here today.
He added that an inspection of the building found no suspicious objects and confirmed it to be safe.
Additionally, all staff were allowed back into the building last night around 10.30pm.
He also said that with the arrest of the suspect, the case has been resolved.
Therefore, the case is investigated according to Section 507 of the Penal Code.
“The suspect will be remanded for four days starting today until Sunday,” he said.
Yesterday the media reported that the Aeon Mall Klebang shopping building here was evacuated following a call believed to be a bomb threat.
Meanwhile, the management of AEON Co (M) Bhd in a statement informed that the shopping centre was operating as usual today after receiving confirmation from the authorities that the building was safe.