JOHOR BARU - Three government agencies building in Johor Baru received fake bomb threats that were sent via email on the morning of Feb 12.
Johor Baru South police chief Assistant Commissioner Raub Selamat said that staff members noticed the emails after returning to work from their festive holiday.
“The emails were sent to the Johor Baru City Council (MBJB), Johor police headquarters, and the Johor court complex.
“So far, we only received police reports from the Johor police headquarters and MBJB,” he said when contacted.
ACP Raub added that the email was believed to have been sent by the same person using the same email address and text.
“We have cleared and conducted inspections at the MBJB office while the police headquarters and court complex have deployed their own Emergency Response Team.
“So far, we have found nothing suspicious, and I urged members of the public to remain calm,” he added.
ACP Raub added that the case is being investigated under Section 506 of the Penal Code for criminal intimidation and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act for the offence of improper use of network facilities.
Earlier, the MBJB Corporate and Public Relations Department said in a statement that the agency had received a bomb threat via email.
The email was received in the morning and was sent under the name “Takahiro Karawasa”.
“Following the email, the council filed a police report with the Johor Baru South District Police Headquarters.
“All staff and members of the public were asked to evacuate the Menara MBJB building and to wait at the assembly area at noon until the police inspection was completed,” it said.
The statement added that there were about 500 people in the building during the incident.
“The public and staff were allowed to re-enter the building at 2pm and resume operations as usual.
“The police have confirmed that the threat was fake, and the Menara MBJB is safe for operation,” it said, adding that operations are running as usual during office hours.