Reject extremism and stay moderate, says Johor exco member

JOHOR BARU: Malaysians should practise moderation and stay away from extremist activities, says Johor exco member Ling Tian Soon.

The health and environment committee chairman said the state government condemned all forms of violence, and incidents such as the deadly Ulu Tiram police station attack should not have happened in the first place.

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“The incident was an unfortunate one that resulted in casualties.

“We have to stay alert. Extremism could happen (anywhere) so we must stay moderate.

“As Malaysians, we must only spread positivity and kindness to keep the peace and harmony that we have proudly built since achieving independence,” he said at a Wesak Day celebration at Fo Guang Shan Hsingmasi temple in Skudai here on Wednesday (May 22).

On Friday (May 17), a masked intruder attacked the police station at 2.45am and killed two policemen while injuring one.

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The 21-year-old attacker was also shot dead at the scene.

Seven people were subsequently arrested by the police, including two higher education students.

The two students were believed to have provided a distraction for the intruder to launch his attack, where they entered the police station at about 2.30am purportedly to seek advice from police regarding a sexual assault case that happened two years ago.

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The two suspects, a 22-year-old man from a private college and a 21-year-old woman from a training institute, were released from police custody with no conditions on Tuesday (May 21).

Johor police chief Comm M. Kumar said they were released following instructions from the Attorney General’s Chambers.

However, it was unclear why the release order was given.

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