Put an end to terrorism at all costs, MCA urges Govt

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 05 Jul 2016

MCA deputy national organising secretary Datuk Chai Kim Sen. (Taken on Feb 1, 2015)

KUALA LUMPUR: The Government should use all legislation available including preventive laws to quell the rise of terrorism in the country, says MCA.

MCA deputy national organising secretary Datuk Chai Kim Sen (pic) said the au­tho­­rities should investigate and charge the perpetrators under the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2015 and Secu­rity Offen­ces (Spe­­cial Mea­sures) Act 2012, if necessary.

Chai lauded the police for their swift action in arresting 15 suspects, including two cops linked to last Tuesday’s bomb blast at a nightclub in Puchong.

“This shows that the police have acted without fear or favour and have nothing to hide,” he said.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar admitted that the Puchong incident was the first successful Islamic State (IS) attack on Malaysian soil.

Chai urged all religious authorities, especially Pahang mufti Datuk Seri Dr Abdul Rahman Osman, given his defence of his kafir harbi call against the DAP and non-Muslims, to openly condemn such brazen acts of terror.

“It is terrible that we have Abu Sayyaf encroaching into our sovereignty to kidnap and kill people.

“It is even more revolting that fellow Malaysian Daesh members are living up to its warnings to strike at bars, deeming such outlets ‘un-Islamic’.

“No words can accurately describe our disgust against militants for the dastardly attack during the Ramadan month,” he said, adding that these terrorists had smeared the name of Islam.

MCA Religious Harmony Bureau chairman Datuk Seri Ti Lian Ker said Malaysians should not take it for granted the country’s peaceful and harmonious existence for deca­des.

“Of late, this situation has been threatened – socially and politically.

“It is high time for all Malaysians now to band together and work closely with the authorities to uphold and maintain our peace and harmony.

“Police must also take urgent steps to beef up security measures,” he said.

Ti said politicians, especially the Opposition, should stop inciting hatred or distrust towards the police just to score brownie points with the people.

He said there should be more focus and closer cooperation between the public and the police to face this new growing security threat.

“The threat by IS is real and their presence, network and organisations are of serious concerns, not just to ordinary citizens but the security forces.

“We should also be mindful not to provoke or challenge them to act or react as we are dealing with a culture totally alien to us,” he said.

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