Malaysia to tighten measures to curb 'militant breeding'

Malaysia's deputy home minister said the country will never allow itself to be utilized as a training ground for 'terrorist groups.'

Malaysia to tighten measures to curb 'militant breeding'

World Bulletin / News Desk

Malaysia – a pioneer and champion of "the Global Movement of the Moderates" – is fighting a growing security threat from international terrorists using it as a base, homegrown militants, and armed intrusions from Philippines rebels.

The majority Muslim-populated Malaysia is seeking to intensify its clampdown of militant and terrorist cells brewing in the country, reported The Malaysian Insider Sunday.

Deputy Home Minister Datuk Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar told the website that more security officers would be recruited to aid various security agencies in intelligence gathering and espionage.

Malaysia will never allow itself to be utilized as a training ground for "terrorist groups," he said.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, since taking over the premiership in 2009, had promoted a moderate approach to all extremists, to ensure global peace and prosperity.

Wan Junaidi said the country's police force, through the Special Branch Counter Terrorism division, is closely monitoring suspected militant or "terrorist" activities in the country. However action will only be executed after enough evidence is compiled, he added.

“The police are working closely with international enforcement agencies, including Interpol, to uncover any terror activities,” he was quoted as saying.

Wan Junaidi vowed that the anti-terrorism squad would not stop until all militant activities in the country are brought to an end.

On Saturday, Deputy Police Chief Mohd Bakri Zinin announced the arrest of three individuals during a counter-terrorism operation in the Sandakan city of eastern state of Sabah.

The three men were all aged between 29 and 31, and were detained for being part of a military group planning to undertake suicide bombings in Syria and Iraq. One of them was reported to be a Royal Malaysian Navy officer, who allegedly assisted the remaining two militants slip into Sabah.

All three suspects are linked to the rebel Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS) in the Middle East and al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf of the southern Philippines.

The Malaysian Counter-Terrorism Unit has arrested 15 members of the group since the April 28.

Earlier this month, a 26-year-old Malaysian factory worker, Ahmad Tarmimi Maliki, was named as the country's as Malaysia’s first successful suicide bomber after video on the ISIS website purported to show him responsible for the blowing up 25 elite Iraqi soldiers at Iraq’s SWAT headquarters in Al-Anbar on May 26.

Malaysian police on Friday also said they had captured three men allegedly involved in militant activities in Malaysian Borneo. An official said that one of the men was a senior leader who had been trained by Philippines' extremist group Abu Sayyaf

All three were reported to be Malaysian citizens.

In 2010, the Malaysian leader called for the building of a "Global Movement of the Moderates" from all faiths.

The movement should be built by those "committed to work together to combat and marginalize extremists who have held the world hostage with their bigotry and bias," Razak said.

Last Mod: 15 Haziran 2014, 17:44
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