Police set to beef up security in Malaysia

PETALING JAYA: Police and other security agencies are beefing up security in the country after Israel apparently green-lit the targeting of Hamas operatives around the world.

In a statement yesterday, Home Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin said his ministry took note of the existence of organisations that support the Palestinian people’s struggle in Malaysia.

“In this regard, the police and other security agencies have increased security in all aspects to maintain public order and security of Malaysians, including Palestinians in the country.

“I call on the public to remain calm because the security situation in the country is under control and remains good, ” he said.

Hamzah added that the government reaffirmed its stand to continue to support the aspirations and struggles of the Palestinian people.

A tweet on Saturday had said that a news channel reported that the Israel Defense Forces had been given the green light to target all Hamas operatives at all levels both inside Gaza and out.

The tweet also said there were obvious implications for Iran, Turkey, Qatar and Malaysia, among others.

Jonathan Schanzer, who posted the tweet, is the senior vice-president of research for the Foundation for Defence of Democracies, a United States-based institution focusing on national security and foreign policy.

Meanwhile, PAS leaders have offered to help raise funds to aid the Palestinians.

In Alor Setar, Kedah Mentri Besar Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor had put his Volvo XC60 AWD 3.0L up for auction.On his Facebook page, Muhammad Sanusi said he was auctioning off his beloved 2010 SUV which he had bought in 2018 for RM60,000.

He has set the bid to start from RM55,000.

“I’ve spent about RM25,000 in maintenance and upkeep of the car.

“Broken parts were replaced with original parts to make the car feel like new, although not 100% brand new.

“I really love this car but I love our Palestinian brethren more, ” he said.

Muhammad Sanusi added that the car, for which he had settled the loan in full, was in tip-top condition.

He also gave his assurance that 100% of the winning bid price – paid to PAS’ Humanitarian Fund – would be channelled to the #Aid4Palestine account.

In another update by Muhammad Sanusi, he said Kedah PAS had collected RM402,634 in donations for the fund as of noon yesterday.

In Kota Baru, Kelantan Deputy Mentri Besar Datuk Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah will be auctioning off his personal collection of keris (daggers) to help the Palestinians.

He wrote on Facebook under the title “Charity Auction for Palestine” that he would be “letting go of the four keris that have been in his collection for almost 30 years.”

“I want to let go of some of my collections for the Palestine fund.

“Among these is ‘Keris Melela Lok 5’ made by a Kelantan craftsman, inlaid with silver, ‘lok cun’ (and) ‘hulu pipit teleng’.

“One hundred per cent of the proceeds of this auction will be donated to #Aid4Palestine, ” according to the posting.

When contacted, Mohd Amar said he expected the items to sell for a minimum of RM20,000. — Bernama

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