KUALA LUMPUR – A total of 442 people have been arrested for offences related to violence and security as of June 30.
According to the Home Ministry, of the total, 310 arrests involved members of the terrorist group Daesh and the remainder involved the other terrorist groups.
“Since February 2013, the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) have succeeded in thwarting 15 attempts by the militant Daesh militant group, which clearly demonstrates the government’s commitment to curb elements of the Daesh terrorist group from growing and threatening security,” the ministry said in a written reply circulated in Perliament today.
It was in reply to the question from Fong Kui Lun (DAP-Bukit Bintang) who wanted to know the position of the Daesh terrorists in the country and its threats in terms of the number of arrests.
In a written reply to a question by Datuk Raja Kamarul Bahrin Shah Raja Ahmad (PAN-Kuala Terengganu) on the measures taken to restrict the entry of Daesh members into the country, the ministry said PDRM had taken several initiatives to address the matter.
“Among the actions taken are to increase security in strategic locations such as tourist centres, foreign interests and important targets throughout the country.
“This security control is made using the concept of the ‘National Blue Ocean Strategy’ which is the cooperation of national security agencies especially the police and the Malaysian Armed Forces,” he said.
In addition, monitoring all major national gateways, whether air, land or sea are also being upgraded including controls along the national border.
Cooperation between the police and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) was also enhanced to monitor social media so that ideological developments and influences could be checked from pervading the minds of the people.
According to the ministry, close co-operation with the intelligence agencies of Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines and enhancing capabilities and expertise on existing technologies were also among the steps to curb the entry of Daesh terrorist groups into the country.- BERNAMA