Following a terror alert issued by the US embassy and several others about a possible terror attack in Jalan Alor late last month, Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has provided the strongest reassurance on behalf the Malaysian Government that Jalan Alor in Bukit Bintang and other areas in the country’s capital, Kuala Lumpur, are safe.
“I want to confirm that the area (Jalan Alor) and a few other areas previously categorized as dangerous are being monitored closely by the police. There is no threat,” he said, adding, “We want to assure the people that the police are always ready to make sure that there is no act of terrorism and to ensure there is no threat at all in Malaysia.”
Both the Australian and UK government websites have now retracted warnings regarding terrorist threats in Jalan Alor.
Malaysia received 6.48 million tourist arrivals in the first quarter (Jan-March) of this year according to the latest tourism statistics of Tourism Malaysia. Singapore with 3.2 million travelers ranked number 1 market for Malaysia followed by Indonesia (671,211) and China (379,265). A total of 3,241,651 Singapore nationals visited Malaysia between January and March 2015.
A total of 6,482,696 tourists arrived to the country which receives 8.6 percent less tourists compare to first quarter of 2014.
Brunei Darussalam, India, South Korea, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Cambodia, Spain were the only countries that show an increase in tourist arrivals during the first 3 months of 2015.