In an unexpected turn of events, a prominent shopping mall in Malaysia, Johor Bahru’s Mid Valley Southkey Mall, faced an evacuation due to a bomb threat over the weekend.
The threat, allegedly made by an anonymous caller, appeared to be an attempt to influence Malaysia’s consistent backing of Palestine, especially in the context of the ongoing Israeli military operations in Gaza.
Approximately 9,000 individuals were promptly evacuated from the mall, as authorities responded seriously to the threat. The anonymous caller, who claimed to be a foreigner, made a menacing claim about planting an explosive device within the mall premises. This threat was coupled with a demand that Malaysia cease its support for Palestine.
The mall’s management promptly confirmed the security threat through a Facebook post, acknowledging that they had received a report via an anonymous phone call. Despite the unsettling situation, the Malaysian government remained steadfast in its support for Palestine.
Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi reassured the public, stating, “We don’t have to fear anything, not even threats related to supporting Palestine. In fact, we are providing financial aid to Palestine, and we will continue our support.”
Malaysia’s dedication to Palestine was further emphasized by its pledge to donate around $21 million (RM100 million) to help alleviate the suffering of the Palestinian people. This significant contribution underlines Malaysia’s commitment to making a meaningful difference in this humanitarian cause.
In a powerful display of unity, about 15,000 protesters gathered in Kuala Lumpur after Friday prayers to condemn Israel’s actions in Gaza. They wore Palestinian keffiyeh scarves and held signs that read ‘Israel cuak’ (Israel is afraid), while chanting slogans such as ‘Hidup Palestin’ (long live Palestine) and ‘Hancur Zionist’ (crush the Zionists), expressing their unwavering support for Palestine.
Despite the security threat and rising tensions, Malaysia’s support for Palestine remains unshaken.