KUALA TERENGGANU, 14 April 2009: Police have started a probe to trace the sender of death threats through the short messaging service (SMS) received by three Barisan Nasional assemblypersons last night.
Terengganu police chief Datuk Mohd Shukri Dahlan said the case would be given priority as it involved the state leadership and assemblypersons.
“It is still premature to comment on the matter as we had just stated the investigation,” he told reporters here today.
The three assemblypersons — Zakaria Abdullah (Paka), Abdul Halim Jusoh (Permaisuri) and Datuk Rosol Wahid (Ajil) — lodged police reports early today over threats, believed to be related to the political unrest in the state, received through the SMS.
Mohd Shukri said the trio claimed that they stayed away from the state assembly sitting today as they feared for their safety.
Advising the public not to be hoodwinked by SMSes on the issue, he said, “They are aimed at misleading the people and could threaten security and public order.”
He said police would come down hard on those responsible in disrupting peace in the state.
Mohd Shukri said a person, who was allegedly associated to the SMS threats, had also lodged a police report. — Bernama