KLM recently issued a security advisory to its crew and staff members on possible attacks by the Islamic State jihadists in Malaysia. — AFP pic
KUALA LUMPUR — The Royal Dutch Airlines (KLM) has issued a security advisory to its crew and staff members on possible attacks by the Islamic State (IS) jihadists in Malaysia.
In the advisory issued on January 26, which is valid up to February 2, KLM's Security Services claimed it has received credible information from Malaysian enforcement authorities that the terrorist group intends to launch an attack in Malaysia.
"The IS militants allegedly joined the al-Qaeda organisation in the Malay archipelago. Strict security measures will be in place at several locations.
“Please adhere to the directions given by the authorities at all times," read the advisory.
Checks with the airline revealed that the advisory was issued for internal use only, but the screenshot of the risk information analysis has already gone viral on microblogging network, Twitter.
In the advisory, issued under the airline’s risk info analysis section, airline employees travelling to Malaysia were advised to be vigilant and avoid using public transportation.
They were also recommended to stay away from populated areas, including markets.
“Avoid crowded touristic areas, especially Berjaya Square, and all areas where foreigners tend to congregate.
“Avoid the vicinity of Western embassies and government buildings,” added the advisory, which also urged airline staff to avoid commenting on the jihadist movement.
When contacted, a KLM Security Services spokesperson said that the advisory was issued after information was verified with the Malaysian authorities.
As many as 50 Malaysians are currently fighting for the Islamic State (IS) in Syria, with some saying that the jihad was mandated by the Prophet Muhammad.
Some of the jihadists identified include former Kedah PAS leader Mohd Lotfi Ariffin, who was killed in Syria following an ambush, and UK-educated Ahmad Salman Abdul Rahim, who held a job with a construction company.
Malaysia has designated IS a terrorist group. (The Malay Online)