PETALING JAYA: Staff and visitors at the Tourism, Arts, and Culture Ministry (MOTAC) in Putrajaya were forced to evacuate the premises following a bomb threat, today.

The evacuation occurred after a ministry staff-member raised concerns about a suspicious package delivered earlier via a delivery service.

According to AstroAwani, a package was delivered to the ministry’s headquarters in Putrajaya via a delivery service.

“The ministry’s staff have seen the package, and it appears to be a bomb,” AstroAwani’s senior deputy vice-president of branded content, Zaiful Ariffin, was quoted as saying.

Zaiful was at the ministry to attend a meeting.

“As of now, we have not received confirmation (of what is in the) package.

“(We) have been instructed to evacuate the building as a safety precaution.”

Further updates are expected as developments unfold.