July 6, 2016 – Security at the KL Sentral train station will be stepped up to safeguard against possible attacks by Islamic State militants, Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said today. This follows the recent release of an Islamic State video which purportedly shows militants declaring war on Malaysia and Indonesia.
According to a reports, Mr Liow said security levels at KL Sentral will be similar to that of Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) as the rail service hub is regarded as a gateway to the airport. He said more closed-circuit television cameras (CCTVs) and screening machines will be installed at KL Sentral, and that all passengers and bags headed to KLIA from KL Sentral will be subject to security checks, according to the report.
Mr Liow also said security will be increased at all airports and train stations and that Malaysia’s security alert level is now at “amber”. This follows an attack on Jun 28 at the Movida nightclub in Puchong, Selangor, which police recently confirmed as linked to Islamic State extremists. A total of 15 people have been arrested so far.
The transport minister added that police need to act quickly against radicals, before they can carry out a terrorist attack. However he urged the public not to panic, saying police have already deployed more personnel to conduct patrols at airports.