KUALA LUMPUR: The Special Branch Counter-Terrorism Division will be increasing its surveillance as the Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebrations draw near.
Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Abdul Hamid Bador said his personnel were on high alert following the recent attacks in Bangladesh.
"We have always been monitoring the situation and will increase our surveillance efforts for the upcoming holiday season," he told reporters after a walkabout at the Taman Tun Dr Ismail Ramadan Bazaar on Thursday (May 30).
It was reported that Bangladesh authorities have put the police force on alert after the Islamic State militants claimed responsibility for a second explosion, targeting security forces in less than a month.
The May 26 blast in Dhaka’s Malibagh neighbourhood, just outside the headquarters of the police’s Special Branch, left two people injured, including a female officer.
He said the police were thankful that they have so far foiled plots to attack the country.
"I hope my personnel will continue to work hard, even through the holidays so that we can avoid any untoward incidents from occurring here.
"Family members must also play their part. If they notice any of their relatives veering toward militancy, talk to them and bring them back to the right path," he said, urging anyone with information on terrorism activities to contact the police immediately.
Meanwhile, Abdul Hamid said police were still liaising with the relevant agencies in Syria and Turkey on bringing back Malaysians who had been involved in terrorism activities there.
"We are still working on it and have to look at the situation there before we can move forward."For those who were involved in terrorism there, they will have to come back and face the law. Wives and children who followed would have to go for counselling when they come back," he said.