Salleh Said Keruak
The Inspector-General of Police, Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun, said 15 suspects were nabbed between March 27 to May 9 by the Special Branch’s counter-terrorism division in a series of operations in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Johor, Kelantan and Sabah. This operation pre-empted terrorist attacks on entertainment outlets, churches, Hindu temples and polling stations planned during the recent general election.
We must commend the police force for thwarting what could have resulted in chaos and loss of lives during the election period. Members of the public do not really know what goes on behind the scenes and what PDRM, in particular the Special Branch, is doing to ensure the safety of Malaysians and the peace and stability of the country.
Malaysia’s Special Branch was considered one of the best intelligence agencies in the world during the Malayan Emergency period and we must ensure this continues to be so. Every day we read about terrorist attacks in cities all over the world and with ‘lone wolf’ operations it is getting harder to detect and pre-empt terrorist attacks. Security must be the first priority of the new government as recent developments have proven.