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Terror threats present but police in control, says IGP


KUALA LUMPUR: Terror threats to the country are still a “clear and present danger” but police are on top of the situation.

“There are still threats against our leaders but we are closely monitoring the situation,” Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar told a press conference yesterday after attending the Bukit Aman monthly assembly.

It was reported previously that, based on the intelligence reports received by the country’s national security agencies, several Mal­ay­sian leaders were on the target list of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group.

Among the targeted leaders were Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hus­sein and senior members of the Cabinet.

The IGP gave his assurance that police, especially the Special Branch Counter Terrorism Division, would not take any chances in the fight against terrorism.

He added that the division was constantly on the lookout for IS-related activities and militants involved.

“What is happening in other countries... we don’t want that to happen in Malaysia.

“We will always take proactive measures when it comes to fighting the IS,” he said.

On an unrelated matter, Khalid said it was possible that the sea route in Tawau was used by militants to enter southern Philippines because it was busy and often used for numerous activities, including trade and fishing.

“It is possible that militants would also use the same route to get to southern Philippines as Tawau is located between Indonesia and Philippines.

“However, Sabah is not a transit point for terrorists. They pass through Tawau not because Sabah is a transit point for militants, but because that route is bustling with economic activity and people travelling about.

“It is easier for militants to mask their movements when it is busy,” he said.

On a different case, Khalid said police were working closely with their counterparts in the Philippines to track down former Universiti Malaya lecturer and militant Dr Mahmud Ahmad.

Dr Mahmud has been tasked by IS with arranging for the safe passage of new recruits from Malaysia, Indonesia, Bangladesh and Myanmar to Marawi City, Mindanao in the southern Philippines.



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