This was Christmas 2014
26 December 2015
Islam teaches us to respect others, says Johor Crown Prince in festive greeting
PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – Offering festive wishes to the non-Muslims does not make one less of a Muslim, Johor Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim has said.
Writing in a Facebook posting on the Johor Southern Tigers football page on Christmas Day (Dec 25) Tunku Ismail said Islam teaches its followers to respect people of different races and beliefs and to stay away from any form of extremism.
“Islam is a religion of peace and love. Islam teaches us to respect people of different races and beliefs,” he wrote.
“I live in a state with various races and religions, and I was taught by my forefathers to respect all of them.”
He said it was the unity of ‘Bangsa Johor’ – the term the royal family uses to refer to its people regardless of their racial background – that made Johor what it is today.
“I have Malay, Chinese and Indian friends. During Chinese New Year, I wish them Happy Chinese New year. To the Hindus, I wish them Happy Deepavali and for the Christians, I wish them Merry Christmas. That doesn’t make me less of a Muslim, that makes us human,” he added.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
22 December 2015
Malaysia – Travel News – Police reportedly on high alert for potential terror attacks following Indonesian authorities foiling plot
Malaysia on alert after Indonesia terror plot foiled
“We are on alert. We are closely monitoring the situation,” Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar said yesterday.
He was commenting on the arrests of five members of an alleged extremist network in Indonesia and seizure of chemicals, laboratory equipment and a flag inspired by the Islamic State group.
“Police personnel nationwide are on constant vigilance,” said Khalid.
8,000 Officers to Be Deployed for Christmas Eve in Jakarta
Jakarta. With Christmas Eve this year coinciding with the Prophet Muhammad’s birthday, police in Jakarta plan to deploy 8,000 officers to manage the influx of traffic and prevent potential cases of terrorism and clashes.
Jakarta Police chief Insp. Gen. Tito Karnavian said the officers would be deployed on Thursday morning and assigned to different mosques and churches across the Greater Jakarta area.
“Security will be focused on churches and mosques that are close to one another,” Tito said on Monday.
“There are nine locations that we are keeping a close eye on for Christmas. Most of the locations are on the outskirts of Jakarta, namely in Tangerang and Bekasi. Inside Jakarta itself there are two [locations]. Hopefully [the threats] are not significant.”
He declined to divulge the locations or the security conditions there.
Police also plan to deploy 18,000 officers for New Year’s Eve celebrations, or half of the city police’s total personnel. Tito said police expected more people out to celebrate New Year’s Eve than in previous years, which would pose major traffic and security challenges.
Indonesia confirms year-end terrorist threat
The Indonesian government has confirmed there were threats by a terrorist group to cause chaos during the Christmas and New Year celebrations in the country.
Local television broadcasts today quoted cabinet secretary Pramono Anung as saying the Istana had been informed by the police over the seizure of documentary evidence of a plan by a terrorist group to create unrest.
The police however, managed to foil the activities of the terrorist group involved and pre-empted its plan to cause chaos, following the arrest of several suspects in some provinces to facilitate investigations.
Pramono said President Joko Widodo had ordered the police to prevent such unrest and tighten security surveillance.
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20 December 2015
Police in Indonesia Arrest 9 Terrorist Suspects Accused of Plotting Major Attack
Officials say one was planning to carry out a suicide bombing in the capital Jakarta on New Year’s Eve
Indonesian police have arrested nine terrorist suspects across five cities on the island of Java after receiving leads from the Australian Federal Police and the U.S. FBI, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
The suspects reportedly were linked to at least two terrorist networks, one of which was affiliated with ISIS, the Herald quoted police spokesman Anton Charliyan as saying.
Among those detained were a teacher from a boarding school and a student named Zaenal, who was allegedly being trained to carry out a suicide bombing in Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta, on New Year’s Day, the Australian Associated Press said.
Authorities say attacks on Shi‘ite communities on the islands of Java and Sumatra were also planned.
AFP tip-off leads to the arrest of terrorist cell planning NYE attack in Indonesia http://trib.al/z6FN7g1