Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said this was because the existing laws had been strengthened with the amendment in the Penal Code and the existence of special procedures to prevent infiltration of militants under the Security offences (Special Measures) Act (Sosma) 2012.
“As we all know, we have arrested 11 suspected militants who we believe are detrimental to national security and public order.
“Several other suspects are currently being monitored and we will arrest them in the next few days,” he told a press conference after attending the PDRM-MEDIA shooting competition at the General Operations Force (PGA) shooting range in Cheras here Saturday.
Khalid also warned members of any militant group not to try to recruit Malaysian youths to join them.
“Don’t try to recruit our youths to become suicide bombers or anything like it. If they (militants from other countries) wish to sacrifice themselves to help others, go ahead, but don’t threaten the safety of our people and our country.
“If we detect such elements (threats to national security), we will take action.
“I would also like to remind the young people in this country not to get easily influenced by the militants’ persuasion. What matters most is the safety of our country,” he said.
When asked about the involvement of an ‘ustaz’ and his friend, who is a former drummer of a famous band in the 1990s, in the militant group, Khalid said the police would continue investigating all the suspected individuals.
“We don’t want to focus on or accuse anyone of being the mastermind because investigation will be done on anyone who is involved,” he said.
The IGP said police had also identified Syria and the Philippines as among the countries with militant networks.
On April 28, nine individuals, aged between 22 and 55 and believed to be involved in militant activities, were arrested by the Counter Terrorism Division, Special Branch, Bukit Aman police.
Three of them were picked up in Kedah and six in Selangor. The following day, another individual was arrested in Kuala Lumpur.
Yesterday, another suspect was arrested in the city, bringing to 11 the number of people arrested so far in connection with militant activities.—BERNAMA