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Sunday, 15 June 2014

Ops against terror intensify

KUALA LUMPUR: The Home Ministry, through Bukit Aman, will intensify operations against militants and terrorist cells in the country, said Datuk Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar.

The Deputy Home Minister said the police would not allow Malaysia to be used as a hub to train or harbour terrorist elements.

“The police, especially the Special Branch Counter Terrorism Division, are working closely with international enforcement agencies, including Interpol, to uncover any terror activities.

“The police have always closely monitored suspected militant or terrorist activity but action will only be taken when enough evidence has been collected,” he said yesterday.

Saving special praise for the Counter Terrorism Division, Dr Wan Junaidi said the police would not stop until all militants were caught.

Sandakan Naval Base Commander First Adm Ahmad Abdullah said the Royal Malaysian Navy would give its full cooperation to the police after one of its officers were detained for suspected militant involvement.

“We will let the police conduct their investigation first before taking action against the officer,” he said.

Separately, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin stressed terrorism has no place in Malaysia and those involved would be pursued relentlessly – even if it was a local.

“We cannot allow anyone, be it our citizen or foreigner, to intrude or do something that can cause worry, more so if it involves terrorism and violence,” he said.

Muhyiddin was commenting on the arrest of a Royal Malaysian Navy officer who was among the three detained in Sabah for being part of a military group planning to undertake suicide bombings in Syria and Iraq.

They are linked to the rebel Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS) in the Middle East and al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf in southern Philippines.

The Counter-Terrorism Unit has arrested 15 members of the group since April 28.

“What is important is that there is solid proof that those involved in such acts can be brought to court,” he said after attending the Bukit Damansara charity carnival here yesterday.

It was organised by the Bukit Damansara Home Owners’ Association and Persatuan Anak Muda Bukit Damansara.

Tags / Keywords: Government , Militant , Muhyiddin , ISIS , Abu Sayyaf , Police


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