KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia continues to be safe from terror attacks, thanks to the preemptive action of its armed forces, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
“When we watch the television on what had happened in London, Manchester, Kabul and Jakarta, we are thankful that Kuala Lumpur is still safe.
“This doesn’t happen by accident but due to the sacrifice and pre-emptive action of our armed forces,” he said.
Speaking at the Jalinan Ramadan event organised by Wanita Umno in honour of Malaysian uniformed officers at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), Najib thanked the armed forces for mitigating the “two biggest risks in the world”, namely geopolitical risks and security risks.
He said the Government allowed them to take preventive action to ensure citizens could go about their daily lives with peace of mind.
“We can go pray at the mosque and travel without worry.
“At worse, the only thing we have to worry about is taking a selfie,” he joked.
Wanita Umno chief Tan Sri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil said the nation was indebted to the sacrifices of its armed forces personnel, who choose duty over spending the Hari Raya holiday with their families.
“As Wanita and as mothers, we know the country is safe thanks to the work of our men and women in uniform,” she said.
Wanita Umno gave 11,250 boxes of goodies to 1,800 uniformed officers who attended the event as well as others who would be working over the Hari Raya period.
Armed Forces chief Jen Tan Sri Raja Mohamed Affandi Raja Mohamed Noor said the families of uniformed officers have always accepted their absence during the holidays, as this was a promise made by these officers.
“We, the armed forces, are willing to sacrifice ourselves to ensure the sovereignty of our nation,” he said.
Jalinan Ramadan was attended by officers from 13 agencies, including the Armed Forces, Royal Malaysian Police, Fire and Rescue Department, Immigration Department and Customs Department.
Also at the event were Najib’s wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor and Communications, and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak.