KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has been ranked 90th out of 158 countries in the Global Terrorism Index, indicating that it is among the countries free of militant attacks.
According to Bukit Aman Special Task Force (Operations and Counter Terrorism) director Datuk Muhamad Fuzi Harun, the recent report released by the US Institute for Economics and Peace, was based on the study of terrorist attacks around the world between 2002 and 2011.
Malaysia's ranking among the countries with fewer violent activities was the result of the efficiency of police intelligence and its success in combating terrorism in the country, he said Thursday.
"We have to remember that terrorism is not a domestic issue, but instead an international problem. So the initiatives taken by the police, besides empowering its intelligence unit, are maintaining good relations with the international police (Interpol) and police from other countries," he said.
He said the cooperation between the police and Armed Forces (ATM) also helped in combating militant activities in Malaysia.
"We always work with ATM, particularly in the areas of logistics when picking up suspected members of a militant group," he said.
Mohamad Fuzi said monitoring activities and continuous actions taken following a public tip-off or information had also enabled Malaysia to curb militant activities.
Armed Forces chief General Tan Sri Zulkifeli Mohd Zin had also given assurance that based on the monitoring activities and intelligence by both the forces, militant activities in the country could be further curbed.
He said this was because Malaysia could not escape from the spillover effects of militant activities as terrorist groups had also poached into the neighbouring countries and used them as bases to recruit new members.
"However, the situation in Malaysia is under control and is being monitored constantly," he said.
According to the Global Terrorism Index report released on Wednesday, over the period of 10 years since 2002, Malaysia recorded only six militant incidents, between 2008 and 2010.
The report stated that there was no militant activity in Malaysia in 2011 and between 2002 and 2007.
In 2010, three terrorist activities had been reported in the country, but did not involve any property damage, injury and death.
In that year, the police were able to thwart the attempt to blow a temple in Batu Caves, Selangor and the Kuan Yin temple in Air Itam, Penang and arrested nine foreigners and one local man for involvement in international terrorist activities under the Internal Security Act.
In 2009, only one terrorist activity was reported and involved a casualty, while in 2008, two of such cases were reported involving damage to property without causing death and injury.
The report, released to curb misunderstanding and help overcoming terrorism issues at the international level, ranks 158 countries worldwide according to the number of incidents, deaths, injuries and property damage due to terrorism.
Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan and India are among the countries severely affected by terrorism and militant activities. - Bernama