KUCHING, Jul 22 – A soldier checking in to a flight from Kuching to Kota Baharu this morning with a bag which containing layered cakes, salted milkfish and clothing and joking around saying he was carrying a bomb, will now face legal action over the prank.
Kuching police chief ACP Abang Ahmad Abang Julai said although the man said he was only joking, but it is an offense to do so in public places such as airports. The prank at the Kuching International Airport (KIA) had caused several flights to and from Kuching to be disrupted, he told a press conference here today.
Abang Ahmad said the 25-year-old soldier, who hails Kuching but serves in Kelantan, was currently being detained and an investigation paper would be prepared as soon as possible to be submitted to the deputy public prosecutor for further action. He said the police had a solid case against the man under Section 506 of the Penal Code for causing annoyance to the public.
Abang Ahmad said if convicted, the man can be jailed for up to two years or fined or both. In the 10.15am incident, the military personnel told an airline staff at the check-in counter that there was a bomb in the bag he was carrying and he would blow up a plane. The airline staff then informed their superiors, who contacted the police, said Abang Ahmad.
He said a bomb disposal unit was deployed to the airport, but upon investigation, no bomb was found in the bag. The police viewed the incident seriously, and stern action should be taken to prevent such incidents from occurring again, he said, adding that the operations at KIA returned to normal at 12.30 pm. — Bernama