Malaysians travelling to Thailand urged to be wary of terror attacks

Malaysians travelling to Thailand have been asked to be wary in the wake of intelligence reports that Syrian militants are planning terror attacks in the kingdom, The Star Online reported.

Police have beefed up security in Malaysia, particularly around places associated with Russian and Western interests, which the reports indicated the militants were likely to target.

Although there has been no intelligence that similar attacks were being planned in Malaysia, the police were not taking any chances, said Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.

Khalid was commenting on reports quoting Thailand’s police deputy spokesman Col Songpol Watta­nachai as confirming a leaked police memorandum warning of such attacks in the kingdom.

Although the police dismissed the claims of security risks in the country, which led to the Professional Squash Association Women’s World Championships being “in doubt”, he said any report of the latest Islamic State (IS) threat would not be taken lightly.

According to Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports, Malaysians made up the second highest number of tourist arrivals in Thailand by nationality in October 2015, second only to China.

Some 250,000 Malaysian tourists travelled to the kingdom during the month.

In Bangkok, Malaysian ambassador to Thailand Datuk Nazirah Hussain advised Malaysians travelling there to always be vigilant and alert.