Eight nabbed over threats


PUTRAJAYA: Police have thwarted security threats against His Majesty Sultan Ibrahim, King of Malaysia, and the Prime Minister after arresting eight people with suspected links to extremist ideologies.

At a press conference held at the Home Ministry here yesterday, Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail said the suspects were arrested in an operation over the weekend.

The suspects, six men and two women aged between 25 and 70, were nabbed under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act (Sosma) in Johor, Kelantan, Perak and Selangor.

“Those arrested were suspected of having links to Daesh and the Islamic State (IS), and the arrests were follow-ups from previous operations conducted on May 15, 17 and 30.

“Preliminary investigations showed the existence of threats against His Majesty, the Prime Minister, the VIPs and the top leadership of the police,” he said.

Investigations are underway to determine links between the suspects but Saifuddin said all of them “had the same ideology”.

He said at the moment, the authorities did not link them to the recent attack at the Ulu Tiram police station that resulted in the deaths of two cops and the attacker himself.

The suspects, he added, came from various employment backgrounds including housewives, retirees and professionals.

He added that the government would not compromise on any parties that support extremism and radical ideologies.

“The authorities will not hesitate to take the strictest enforcement action on these people,” he warned.

Saifuddin also gave assurances that the country is safe and secure and that the public should not feel fearful about security levels and public peace in the country.

“This is supported by the expertise and speed of the police in combating extremist, radical and violent threats at its early stages, which is also the manifestation of the preparedness and competency of the force in facing any threats at all times,” he said.

In an unrelated matter, the Cabinet has agreed to extend the contract duration for Bestinet Sdn Bhd.

A special committee headed by the Chief Secretary to the Government, Tan Sri Mohd Zuki Ali, along with other ministerial and Attorney General’s Chambers representatives, will discuss the terms and conditions for the management of the Foreign Workers Centralised Management System, as well as new terms to “support several objectives”.

“First, to bring about four principles which is to quicken the application process, to reduce migration cost and aspects for foreign worker welfare in the country and the interests of employers,” he said.

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