Cops: We are always vigilant against terror elements

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  • Tuesday, 12 Mar 2019

Handing over the reins: Noor Rashid witnessing the handover between Abdul Rahim (left) and Zainuddin Yaakob in Alor Setar yesterday. — Bernama

PETALING JAYA: Bukit Aman will always be vigilant against any terror elements to ensure the safety and security of the coun-try, says Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim.

The Deputy Inspector-General of Police said the nine militants, who were recently detained by the Counter Terrorism Division, were deemed highly dangerous.

“The police force is always vigilant against threats, either foreign or domestic.

“Efforts are constantly being made to collect actionable intelligence to prevent any terror plans from coming to fruition,” he told a press conference after witnessing the handing-over ceremony for the Kedah police chief’s post at the state police headquarters in Alor Setar yesterday.

Comm Datuk Abdul Rahim Jaafar handed over the reins to Comm Datuk Zainuddin Yaakob.

Comm Abdul Rahim is now Bukit Aman Management department director.

Noor Rashid was asked to comment on the recent arrests of the nine militants in the Klang Valley and Sarawak.

“We have good relations with our counterparts overseas to ensure terror elements do not gain a foothold,” he said.

“On the issue of terrorism, I believe all countries should come together to combat the threat.”

On Sunday, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun said six Egyptians, a Tunisian and two Malaysians were detained for militant activities.

“Five of the Egyptians detained admitted to being Ikhwanul Muslimin members (Muslim Brotherhood), who acted as facilitators in preparing accommodation, transport, work, as well as plane tickets for two members of the Ansar Al-Shariah Al-Tunisia.

“The Counter Terrorism Division discovered these militants are marrying locals so that they can get spouse visa.

“They also gain entry to Malaysia on the pretext of conducting business and for further studies,” the IGP had said.

On another matter, Noor Rashid said organisers of Saturday’s International Women’s Day March would be called up to have their statements recorded.

“Under the law, it is very simple that whoever wants to organise a protest or demonstration must inform the OCPD.

“If not, the gathering will disrupt the movement of other people at the city centre, where many people want to go shopping and sight-seeing, especially on Saturday afternoons,” he said.

It was reported that organisers of the International Women’s Day March have defended the event as being about the fight for equal rights amid criticisms that it had LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) participants.

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