Tourism Minister Receives Fake Time Bomb at His Office

Source: SAYS

A suspicious parcel resembling a bomb was addressed to the office of Tourism, Arts, and Culture Minister Tiong King Sing in Putrajaya on 5 May.

However, the police later confirmed that it was a fake bomb.

According to the New Straits Times, the incident caused the evacuation of staff members and visitors from the Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry (MOTAC) building in Presint 5, Putrajaya, around 4.30pm after receiving the suspicious package.

Preliminary investigations revealed that the parcel contained a timer, wires, and PVC pipes, making it look like a bomb, said Putrajaya district police chief ACP A Asmadi Abdul Aziz.

Image via Bernama via Malay Mail

The police received a distress call from Tiong at 3.21pm.

“CCTV footage showed that the parcel was sent by a man using the J&T express courier service from a Sungai Buloh address at 11.19am,” A Asmadi stated. “The delivery man shook the parcel before delivering it to the ministry’s lobby at 2.45pm and then to the 14th floor, where an officer received it.”

Bernama reported that the parcel was opened on the 14th floor, where the minister’s temporary office is located.

Image via Bernama via Malay Mail

The Bomb Disposal Unit (UPB) and two bomb-sniffing dogs were deployed to investigate the bomb threat.

UPB used their tools to confirm that the bomb was fake. “We found that it resembled a bomb, but the contents were negative. It was a hoax,” explained ACP A Asmadi.

The case is being investigated under Section 8 of the Explosive Substances Act and Section 506 of the Penal Code. The first provision deals with penalties for making or possessing explosives under suspicious circumstances, while the second addresses criminal intimidation.

This incident follows recent threats against lawmakers, including Seputeh MP Teresa Kok, Housing and Local Government Minister Nga Kor Ming, and Beruas MP Ngeh Koo Ham, whose cars were set on fire earlier this year.

Source : SAYS

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