KUALA LUMPUR: Bukit Aman received instructions from the Attorney General's Chambers and acted accordingly in deporting the seven foreigners with links to terrorist groups, says Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun.
The Inspector-General of Police said the police cooperated with the Immigration Department in carrying out the orders.
"There might be some technical problem (in not informing the Home Ministry), but we did receive instructions from the AG's Chambers.
"The deportation process had to be expedited as we need to prevent the foreign terrorist elements from widening their network in the country," he told a press conference after witnessing the handing over of Bukit Aman CID director's post on Wednesday (March 13) from Comm Datuk Seri Wan Ahmad Najmuddin Mohd, who is retiring, to DCP Datuk Huzir Mohamed on an acting capacity.
On Sunday (March 10), authorities detained six Egyptians, a Tunisian and two Malaysians for militant activities.
The IGP said the threat from the seven foreigners was very serious, adding that in future the police would inform the relevant authorities, including the Home Ministry first, if the need arose.
"We will inform the authorities when we are planning operations if needed," he said.
The country's top cop said the deportation of the foreigners were justified given their terrorist links and other crimes.
"Some of them even entered the country illegally using forged passports and other documents.
"We have been going after terror elements for a long time, as we don't want foreign terrorist fighters (FTF) making Malaysia a hub or launching pad to conduct attacks," he said.
MOhamand Fuzisaid this in response to PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's accusation that the police rushed the deportation of the seven foreigners.
Anwar said there had been no consultation with Putrajaya before the decision was made to send them back to Egypt and Tunisia.
"Checks revealed that police acted unilaterally in deporting the men without consulting the relevant ministers or Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
"Malaysia must act based on accurate information and not depend on claims by foreign intelligence.
"We must be wary of countries that do no follow due process of law," Anwar had said in a statement.