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    Bomb hoax at Penang Bridge

    This is the first time Penang Bridge is completely closed by the police since its inception, 1985!

    Bomb hoax at Penang Bridge
    http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp...nation&focus=1




    * It's empty after bridge closure.

    Thousands caught in jam after bridge closure

    PENANG: Thousands of Penangites were caught in a massive evening jam when the Penang Bridge was closed for more than two hours after police received a call that there was a bomb on the bridge.

    Many motorists heading towards the bridge after work were caught unaware and found themselves in a traffic bottleneck at the Bayan Lepas coastal road leading to the bridge on the island and Seberang Jaya on the mainland.

    The bridge was closed to traffic at 4.30pm and only reopened at 7pm.

    Traffic had to be diverted to the ferry terminals on both the island and Butterworth, causing George Town and Butterworth town to be choked with cars and motorcycles.
    Just hours earlier, a 10-wheel truck had broken down on the bridge before the middle span, causing a traffic crawl that stretched almost 15km to the Juru interchange near Auto City. The truck’s rear wheels had jammed and it took mechanics nearly five hours to get the vehicle moving again.

    Around the same time the truck was removed, police at the state contingent headquarters operations room received a call saying that there was a bomb on the bridge.

    George Town OCPD Asst Comm Azam Abd Hamid said police then alerted Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon and he gave the green light for the police to close the bridge.

    “A six-man bomb squad was sent to the bridge immediately. They found a 0.3m-long, 10cm-diameter steel pipe,” ACP Azman later told a press conference at the Northern Region marine police base.

    The pipe, he said, was found wedged in the divider at the 3.9km point of the bridge on the Butterworth-bound side.

    “It was suspected that the steel pipe contained explosives. Not taking any risk, the squad detonated it at 6.45pm at the site,” said ACP Azam.

    He added that police had earlier informed RTM to announce on air that the bridge would be closed. Messages were later flashed on the electronic signboards advising motorists to use the ferry instead.

    Arrangements were also made with the Penang Port authorities to increase the number of ferries to cater to the large number of vehicles heading for the ferry terminals.

    Tempers flared on both ends of the bridge as traffic came to a standstill. Irate motorists voiced their frustrations after being stranded for nearly two hours.

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    thank for your info
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    Aiyo...

    http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp...823&sec=nation

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    Friday April 6, 2007
    Police: It wasn’t a bomb, just a steel pipe
    PENANG: It was not a bomb. Police have confirmed that the steel pipe found wedged in the Penang Bridge divider did not contain any explosives.

    “We believe the pipe could be a kangaroo bar from a vehicle. We checked the remains after detonating the pipe and found there was no explosive material,” George Town OCPD Asst Comm Azam Abd Hamid said yesterday.

    ACP Azam said they had obtained the closed-circuit television footage from Penang Bridge Sdn Bhd to shed some light on the incident.

    “We are going through the footage closely to see how the steel pipe came to be wedged in the divider of the Butterworth-bound lane,” he added.

    In Kuala Lumpur, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the confirmation by police that it was not a bomb should quell jitters among the public that the incident might be linked to unrest in Southern Thailand.

    He said such talk was the work of irresponsible people and “we should not overreact nor encourage others to do the same.”

    On Wednesday, the police central command centre (CCC) in Penang Road received a call from the Malaysian Highway Authority (MHA) at 4.05pm that there was a bomb planted on the bridge.

    ACP Azam said the MHA staff had told the CCC officer that his supervisor received the information from the office of Penang state executive councillor Datuk Koay Kar Huah.

    To ensure the safety of commuters, the bridge was closed from 4.30pm but reopened at 7pm after police obtained the go-ahead from Chief Minister Dr Koh Tsu Koon.

    Police sent in a six-man bomb squad and found the steel pipe at Km3.9. They destroyed it using a robot at 6pm.

    Due to the bridge closure, traffic on both ends came to a standstill for several hours. George Town and Butterworth were also congested as vehicles wanting to use the bridge were diverted to the ferry terminals on the island and Seberang Prai.

    The state lauded the police for acting swiftly to locate the foreign object.

    Dr Koh said the police had demonstrated their efficiency in acting so swiftly.

    The time the MHA received a call from a state executive councillor's office was immaterial, said Dr Koh, adding that it took the police 20 minutes to locate the metal object on the bridge.

    “What is important is that the police acted almost immediately after they received a phone call,” he told a press conference yesterday.

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    oh my god.many people in trouble on that time.
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    Yalor. It is similiar to the cases that the bom hoax in the building that all people were evacuated outside and waited for the police to do further investigation.
    At the end, the so-called bom was not found.

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