JOHOR BAHRU: Hundreds of shoppers were evacuated from The Mall, Mid Valley Southkey in Johor Bahru on Saturday (Oct 14) evening after a “security threat” was made, the mall said.
The management of the mall and nearby hotel received the report via an anonymous phone call at about 6.30pm, it said in a Facebook post.
“We were instructed by the authorities to evacuate the affected areas as a proactive measure,” said the mall.
The fire department and the police investigated the threat and completed a thorough search of the area. They found “no evidence of threats”, said the mall in an update on Facebook at 12.30am on Sunday.
“Following a comprehensive assessment, the Johor district police chief has declared the premises safe for the return of tenants, employees, guests and shoppers at 12.15am Oct 15,” it added.
It is unclear what the “security threat” was, although The Malay Mail has cited a suspected bomb scare.
Footage of the incident shared on social media showed crowds of people rushing out of the building, urged on by the fire department.
Crowds were seen milling outside at about 6.45pm, with police vehicles and fire engines also on the scene. What appeared to be a fire or emergency alarm could also be heard for at least half an hour.