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KUALA LUMPUR – Police have arrested a Facebook account holder for allegedly insulting the Yang di-Pertuan Agong on his social website recently.

This was confirmed by Inspector-General of Police, Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar via his official Twittter page today.

He said the account holder was arrested by the Kuala Lumpur police Criminal Investigation Department and he congratulated them for their action.

The Facebook account holder  allegedly uploaded a picture of the Agong, Sultan Muhammad V, which had been disrespectfully edited and carrying a Selamat Hari Raya greeting on June 25, the first day of Aidilfitri.

However, it is understood that the alleged individual, through his social website, on July 1 denied that he had insulted Sultan Muhammad V, besides lodging a report to the police and Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission. – BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – The police have arrested four men, three of them Indonesians, for their alleged involvement in the Daesh militant group, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said today.

He said three of them were arrested in Sandakan, Sabah, yesterday, including the two Indonesians who allegedly wanted to join the ongoing armed conflict in Marawi, the Philippines, between Philippine government security forces and militants affiliated to Daesh.

The third Indonesian was detained in Slim River, Perak, and he allegedly planned to attack policemen, Khalid said to reporters at the handing over of duties of the director of the Bukit Aman Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department, here.

Khalid said all the suspects, aged between 30 and 48, were arrested under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (SOSMA) and the Penal Code.

He also said that the police seized several Daesh-related documents and a number of weapons including a Rambo knife that was recovered in Sandakan. – BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – More than 40,000 policemen, including officers, will be on duty nationwide during the Aidilfitri celebration to maintain peace and order, said Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar today.

He said the number was higher compared with last year to face any possible Daesh threat during the festive season.

He also said there would be 8,000 traffic policemen and officers on duty during the Aidilfitri celebration to monitor and ensure smooth traffic flow.

“Apart from that, the number of policemen and officers on duty at the country borders will also be increased and patrol to be stepped up.

“The police are always prepared against any threats , especially Daesh and any terrorist groups from infiltrating into the country,” he told a media conference after presenting the Malaysia Police Force (PDRM) raya cookies at Bukit Aman here.

On the death of Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia (UPNM) student Zulfarhan Osman Zulkarnain, 21, who was believed to have been abused, last June 1, Khalid said the police were still investigating the case under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder.

“Investigation is ongoing and we have not completed recording statements from the suspects and witnesses,” he added.

At the event, Khalid handed over 3,864 packets of raya cookies to be distributed to members of the police force on duty during Aidilfitri.

In another development, he advised the public to not be deceived by the get-rich quick schemes and to check with the Bank Negara on the companies concerned before making their investments. – BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – Police arrested four individuals and seized drugs from them during raids conducted at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), Sepang and in Sungai Besi, here, last night.

Inspector-General of Police, Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said 24 kilogrammes of syabu and 3.3 kilogrammes of cocaine were seized in the operations by Bukit Aman’s Special Tactical Intelligence Narcotics Group (STING).

“Congratulations again STING @PDRMsia last night, arrested three people in the Sungai Besi area and seized 24 kg of syabu . @GoPDRMGo.

“Congratulaitons again STING @PDRMsia, arrested one man and seized 3.3 kg of cocaine at KLIA Sepang. @GoPDRMGo,” he posted on his official Twitter account.

Two photos of the STING team’s raid success were also uploaded by Khalid onto his Twitter account. – BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – Southeast Asian Daesh militant leader Muhammad Wanndy Mohamed Jedi was today confirmed killed in an attack in Raqqa, Syria on April 29.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar confirmed the matter in his official Twitter account after researching on the information obtained.

“After studying the intelligence obtained, @PDRMsia confirmed that Muhammad Wanndy was killed in an attack in Raqqa, Syria on 29/4/17,” Khalid said.

On April 29, news on the death of Muhammad Wanndy went viral on the social media after his wife Nor Mahmudah Ahmad uploaded a status in Facebook informing that he had died in a drone attack. – BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – The police will take firm action against any party trying to stir up discord following the commotion which occurred after Friday prayers at Taman Austin Perdana, Johor Bahru yesterday, said Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.

He said this was because several parties were trying to create an issue out of the incident and making provocative comments over the social media.

“Yes, the police will take action against those who are continually making provocative comments over the issue (commotion in Taman Austin Perdana),” he told Bernama today.

The commotion yesterday was believed to have arisen when traffic congestion and obstruction made it difficult for a car driver to move which caused the driver to honk incessantly while Friday prayers was in progress.

The driver’s action led to a group of men believed be the surau congregation rioting and attacking him.

The incident created an uproar among social media users. – BERNAMA

SHAH ALAM – The Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) will conduct a detailed investigation to determine if any individual in this country is involved in a drug syndicate masterminded by two local drug lords who were detained by Thai authorities last week.

Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said PDRM had sent an investigation team to Thailand to conduct intelligence work following the detention of the two men.

“Leave it to the Thai authorities to take action. They (drug lords) will face the Thai laws.

“Subsequently, we have also sent our officers to obtain intelligence on the involvements of other individuals in Malaysia,” he told reporters here today after visiting the Shah Alam Hospital in conjunction with the 210th Police Day on March 25.

Also present were deputy IGP Tan Sri Noor Rashid and Shah Alam Hospital director Datin Paduka Dr Hasni Hanafi.

On Monday, Bernama reported that the suspects, one called Mr T or Malaysian Iceman from Johor and Mr G from Penang, were detained by the Thai authorities last week and they were deemed the most important members of the international drug syndicate responsible for smuggling hundreds of kilogrammes of drugs to Malaysia.

Mr T, 64, who had stayed in Thailand for 20 years and was fluent in Thai, was nabbed by Thai Police at the Hatyai Airport upon arrival from Chiang Rai on April 19 while Mr G was arrested when preparing to board a flight to Malaysia after entering Thailand before the holiday in conjunction with Songkran.

Meanwhile, on the speculation that South East Asian Daesh militant chief, Muhammad Wanndy Mohamed Jedi was killed in an attack in Syria, Khalid said the information was still doubted.

“We do not rule out the possibility of other reasons for prompting the claim..We have also met his family on the case. However, let us investigate first to determine if he is dead or alive,” he said.

On April 29, Muhammad Wanndy’s wife, Nor Mahmudah Ahmad, 28, uploaded on Facebook to the effect that her husband was killed in a drone attack in Ma’dan, Syria.

Muhammad Wanndy, 26, from Durian Tunggal, Melaka was believed to be the mastermind of several attacks in the region including at an entertainment centre in Puchong, near here last year. – BERNAMA

KOTA KINABALU – The Royal Malaysia Police (RMP) may consider asking the Philippine Government to extradite some members of the Abu Sayyaf militant group to face charges of kidnapping in Malaysia, says Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.

He said the RMP had issued warrants of arrest against several members of the militant group and it was understood that some of those wanted by Malaysia were now in the custody of the Philippine authorities.

“There are some Abu Sayyaf leaders for whom arrest warrants had been issued by us. Some of them were arrested by the Philippine authorities while several others surrendered (to the Philippine authorities),” he told reporters after delivering the keynote address at the [email protected] Programme in Universiti Malaysia Sabah here today.

On the security situation in Sabah’s east coast, Khalid said it was under control following proactive measures taken by Malaysia and the Philippines in combating cross-border crime.

“We will keep up the pressure by increasing the presence of security forces at the border to ensure that no one tries to infiltrate our country.

“We also expect aggressive action by the Philippine authorities, and we constantly work with them, especially in terms of providing information,” he added.

In another development, Khalid said the police had appealed to the Sabah Government to ban the Milah Abraham group from carrying out activities in the state as it could affect the Muslim faith.

“For now, the police cannot arrest any follower of Milah Abraham in Sabah as the state government has not banned the cult group,” he said, adding that the police had requested that the group be banned in all states via the Malaysian Islamic Development Department.- BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) will only carry out investigation on two Malaysians detained by the Jakarta Immigration authorities in Indonesia on Monday on suspicion of trafficking in drugs after obtaining strong evidence from the Indonesian authorities.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said both Malaysians namely Mohamad Shafa Ahmad, 29, and Kamarol Arifin Mohamad Darus, 27, could face legal action in Indonesia.

“For the moment, we leave the investigation on the case to the Indonesian authorities.

“Furthermore, they will also face charges there (in Jakarta) and if it’s true that they were carrying it (drugs), then they will have to face the consequences,” he said.

He disclosed this to reporters after attending the PDRM monthly assembly at the Bukit Aman level, here today.

Earlier, Mohamad Shafa and Kamarol Arifin who were working as despatch rider and factory technician respectively, were reported missing after arriving in Jakarta on an AirAsia flight at 2 pm on March 29 from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2).

The two good friends who were from Kampung Sijangkang, Teluk Panglima Garang, Selangor were reported to be going to Jakarta to attend the Dj Armin Van Buren at the Jakarta International Expo.

The mystery of their disappearance was eventually resolved when both of them were eventually found in a police station lockup here after the authorities discovered what were believed to be several pills of synthetic drugs through a body check on them.

In another development, Khalid said the crime index for the first quarter of this year declined 15.8 per cent compared with the corresponding period of last year.

He said it represented a good beginning for the PDRM to achieve success in curbing crime in the country this year.

In addition, Khalid said the police had detained 345 suspects alleged to be involved in secret society activities between January and March compared with 152 suspects detained during the corresponding period last year.

“This reflected that secret society activities had risen by 127 per cent and all out efforts must be carried out to eliminate them,” he told reporters after attending the PDRM monthly assembly at Bukit Aman, here today.

Meanwhile, 275 suspects were detained for crimes relating to human trafficking from January to March this year, an increase of 50 suspects compared to the corresponding period of last year.

In addition, car theft and housebreaking cases had also declined with 23 housebreaking gangs and 58 car theft gangs being crippled. – BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – Police have received 20 reports on the caricature on PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang and Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia published by the Chinese language news portal Nanyang Siang Pau.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar the case was still under investigation by the police.

“I wish to advise everyone including media friends that we must be sensitive on such issues in the country.

“Our country is a multi-racial and multi-religious nation…As such, do not do anything or make any form of drawing and writing that can cause fear to the community.

“As for Nanyang Siang Pau, they must be wary in conveying their news after this,” he told reporters after attending the police monthly assembly at the Bukit Aman level, here today.

Yesterday, the Home Affairs Ministry (KDN) said in a statement that it would summon the editor-in-chief of the Nanyang Siang Pau Sdn Bhd daily following the issue.

KDN Secretary-General Datuk Seri Alwi Ibrahim said a show-cause letter had been issued to the Chinese-language daily under the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984.

Last Saturday, the newspaper had published a cartoon in its portal, portraying a monkey wearing a ‘songkok’ (Malay headgear) and labelling it as the Speaker while another monkey wore a turban and labelled as Hadi Awang.

Both monkeys were portrayed as sitting on a tree branch which was labelled as ‘Act 355’.- BERNAMA