KUALA LUMPUR: Bukit Aman has acted accordingly in deporting seven foreigners with links to terrorist groups given the severity of the their threat to the country’s safety and security despite criticisms that it had rushed to deport the foreigners and concerns over human rights.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun said the police was cooperating with the Immigration Department with regard to the deportation based on instructions from the Attorney General’s Chambers.
“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 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 yesterday.
Comm Datuk Seri Wan Ahmad Najmuddin Mohd, who is retiring, handed over the reins to DCP Datuk Huzir Mohamed, who will hold the CID director’s post on an acting capacity.
The IGP said the threat from the seven foreigners was very serious but police would inform the relevant authorities, including the Home Ministry, if the need arises.
“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 was 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 as a hub or launching pad to conduct attacks,” he said.
He was responding to PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s accusation that the police rushed into the deportation of seven foreigners accused of links to a terrorist group.
Anwar had 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 not follow the due process of law,” Anwar had said in a statement.
On another matter, the IGP said Bukit Aman would record the statements of several people, including three judges in connection with Court of Appeal judge Datuk Dr Hamid Sultan Abu Backer’s 63-page affidavit which alleged judicial misconduct.
“We will work towards completing the investigations as soon as possible.
“Once completed, the investigation papers will be submitted to the deputy public prosecutor,” he said.