Mysterious package at Wisma Bernama not a bomb but a bottle of cooking oil


KUALA LUMPUR: Police confirmed that the package containing an unidentified object and threat note found under a tree near the parking lot of Wisma Bernama at Jalan 1/65 A, Off Jalan Tun Razak here today, was not a bomb.

Wangsa Maju District Police chief Supt Mohamad Roy Suhaimi Sarif said inspection carried out by the bomb squad from the Kuala Lumpur Police Contingent headquarters found that the package wrapped in a batik cloth contained a bottle of cooking oil.

When contacted tonight and asked whether the package was a bomb, he replied: “Negative.”

The squad arrived at the scene with the canine (K9) unit at 7pm after receiving a distress call from the Bernama Security Unit.

At 7.30pm two of the dogs from the K9 unit were taken to the location but showed no reaction which implied that the package did not contain a bomb.

At 8.03pm, the bomb squad destroyed the package.

Earlier, a staff of the Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama) was shocked when she stumbled upon the package with the threat note against two government agencies near the parking lot.

Meanwhile, Bernama senior security guard Azahar Fathal, 49, said he went to check it out after being alerted about the package by a cleaning staff at 4.50pm.

“I found a package wrapped in batik cloth and a threat note placed under a tree near the parking lot of Wisma Bernama,” he said.

Azahar said that he also checked the footage from the closed-circuit television cameras to detect any suspicious movement along Jalan 1/65A before lodging a police report and alerting the Fire and Rescue Department.

Kuala Lumpur Fire and Rescue Department chief Samsol Maarif Saibani when contacted said that six firemen from the Titiwangsa Fire and Rescue Station arrived at the scene at 5.33pm. --Bernama