Mohd Azis: Traitors leaking info

KOTA KINABALU: There are “enemies” or informants within government agencies who are leaking information about enforcement operations, says Deputy Home Minister Datuk Mohd Azis Jamman.

He said he was aware of such people within his own ministry as well as agencies under the ministry’s jurisdiction who had hampered the effectiveness of certain operations. He added the informants are being tracked down.

“These informants would leak out information of operations, such as anti-drug crackdowns before we strike.

“I know there are traitors among us who leak information when we are doing certain operations. That is why it is very hard to catch the masterminds (behind the crimes). Those arrested are just the ‘small fry’.

“These are some of the challenges we face but we are doing our best to overcome the obstacles,” he said at an event organised by the National Anti-Drugs Agency here yesterday.

On another matter, Mohd Azis said all enforcement agencies have been directed to increase border security along Sabah’s east coast following the fatal church bombing in the southern Philippines island of Jolo on Jan 27.

He has personally informed the heads of all the enforcement agencies including the police, Armed Forces, Civil Defence Department and Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) to boost security measures in the area.

“I contacted all the directors to ask them to tighten up border security because we do not want a repeat of 1972, which saw many refugees from the Philippines fleeing to Sabah amid the civil war in their country,” he said at a press conference in Inanam here.

Mohd Azis, who is Sepanggar MP, was referring to the armed conflict in southern Philippines, which was said to be the main factor behind the influx of Filipino Muslim refugees in Sabah between 1972 and 1984.

“We don’t want them fleeing to Malaysia not because we are cruel, but because we don’t want the conflict from our neighbouring country to spread here.

“As it is, Malaysia is already facing many problems regarding illegal immigrants especially in Sabah. We don’t want to court more problems,” he added.

Reuters reported that the church bombing, which killed 22 people and wounded more than 100, was a suicide attack carried out by an Indonesian couple with assistance from an Islamic State-linked group.

A few days later, two people were killed after a grenade was thrown into a mosque at Zamboanga City on the night of Jan 30.

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