DPM: Government ready to act against terrorists

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 01 Apr 2004


PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia has issued a strong warning that it will take action against any Malaysian found to be involved in terrorist activities or providing refuge to such people. 

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the Government was ready to act not only against Malaysians but also foreigners guilty of such crimes. 

“I want to stress here that what we have decided is something very serious. We are ready to act and our action will be based on correct information provided,” he told a media conference at his office here yesterday. 

He said following the recent bombing incident in Sungai Golok in Thailand which injured 28 people, including eight Malaysians, the Government was still waiting for “specific” information from the Thai side. 

Najib: 'The Government is ready to take action not only against Malaysians but also foreigners guilty of such crimes'

Asked whether Thailand had released names for Malaysia to extradite the culprits, Najib said no names had been given. 

“As I said before, if it is proven that these people are involved, we will definitely act. I assure you that we will not allow Malaysia to be a safe haven for such persons,” he added. 

Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra had alleged that the culprits behind the bombing had slipped into Malaysia.  

He also alleged that the suspects were believed to be holding dual citizenships that enabled them to freely go across checkpoints. 

Najib said if the Thai leader knew the identities of those involved, the information must be provided. 

“We can’t act without correct information. There has been no specific information on their identities, about who they are and whether they have been proven to be involved in the latest bomb attack. 

“We have not found any Malaysian involved. Police are still investigating. Police have interviewed those who were hospitalised and those already discharged,” he added. 

On the issue of dual citizenship, the Deputy Prime Minister said it was a long-standing problem because the people involved could have used different names. 

“On the Thai side, they use Thai names and on Malaysia side, they use Malaysian names. So it is very hard to verify their identities. 

“But both countries are concerned and want to do something about this. I’m sure there are ways and means for us to identify their true identities.”  

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