16 May 2019
ETALING JAYA: Police have nabbed the remaining suspects, including two Malaysians, linked to a group that was said to be planning to carry out attacks and high-profile murders in the country.
Inspector General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador said Muhammad Syazani Mahzan, a burger seller, and farmer Muhamad Nuurul Amin Azizan were arrested on May 14 after turning themselves in.
They are alleged to be Islamic State (IS) supporters.
Hamid said the two suspects, along with fellow Muhammad Izham Razani, also from Kedah – who was detained on Nov 22 – were believed to have trained in bomb-making in Jogjakarta, Indonesia, last year.
Syazani was suspected of wanting to carry out a suicide attack on a non-Muslim house of worship, he said in a statement.
The third suspect, Indonesian Nuruddin Alele @ Fatir Ir, was nabbed on the same day in Banting, Selangor.
Fatir, 34, is said to be part of the IS “wolf pack” who were allegedly planning to carry out attacks on Hindu and Buddhist temples as well as churches.
The arrest of the trio follows the arrest of four suspected IS members who were allegedly planning to carry out attacks and high-profile murders in the country.
They were nabbed in Terengganu and the Klang Valley last week.
14 May 2019
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KUALA LUMPUR, May 14 ― The Islamic State (IS) may be using local controversies as platforms for its extremist ideology, said an International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) lecturer.
Commenting on the arrest of four IS cell suspects who allegedly planned revenge attacks on non-Muslims for the death of fireman Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim injured during the Seafield temple riots, Ahmad El-Muhammady told the South China Morning Post the development was “extremely worrying”,
“The involvement of foreigners in a local issue indicates Daesh’s capability to exploit foreigners and local issues to advance their ideology.
“It’s a new game in the new Malaysia, which could potentially escalate I hate to say this. Isis may capitalise on the perception that Islam is under threat in Malaysia,” Ahmad said using the group’s other names.
He said rising racial and religious tension here created an unsurprising opening for such extremist groups.
Ahmad, who is also reportedly a police advisor on tackling radicalisation, then expressed concern that there may be more such cells here operating outside of the police’s knowledge.
He also advised the government to proactively resolve racial and religious issues.
“Craft narratives of unity, harmony and coexistence. Organise more interfaith dialogue,” Ahmad was quoted as saying, adding that the government should allocate more financial resources for programmes to tackle extremism and terrorism.
The Royal Malaysia Police disclosed yesterday that they arrested three foreigners and one Malaysian who were allegedly planning terror attacks and assassinations in Malaysia during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
ONE of the four terror suspects nabbed by police earlier this month planned to bomb the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman temple in Selangor, where firefighter Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim was injured when responding to riots there in November.
Intelligence sources told The Malaysian Insight that the suspect, a 34-year-old from Terengganu, was determined to avenge Adib, who died because of injuries sustained during the riot.
The cause of Adib’s injuries is disputed and an inquest is under way to determine if he was beaten by rioters or hit by the Fire and Rescue Department vehicle.
The suspect, a father of two from Kg Kuala Berang, smuggled in explosives to carry out more attacks at churches, Chinese temples and several entertainment outlets in the Klang Valley.
The suspect was among four Islamic State (IS) sympathisers who had planned the attacks during Ramadan. They were nabbed in a series of operations earlier this month.
“This man from Terengganu was determined to avenge Adib’s death. The bombs which he smuggled into Malaysia were primarily meant for the Sri Maha Mariamman temple.”
Police seized a pistol and six improvised-explosive devices (IED) from the suspects at two locations in Terengganu.
“The police team had to walk 6km into an estate where the suspect hid the pistol. The team was then taken to another location, where the IEDs were hidden,” the source said.
The suspect had been in regular contact with separatists from a neighbouring country, said the source.
Messages and intelligence among terror suspects were passed through him,” the source said, adding that suspect has a record for theft and drug-related offences.
Earlier, Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador said the four suspected terrorists also planned to assassinate several high-profile individuals but did not name them.
Three other suspects arrested were two Rohingya and an Indonesian.
13 May 2019
Four men linked to an Islamic State ‘wolf pack’ cell were arrested during the first week of Ramadan in connection with a plot to attack non-Muslim places of worship and entertainment centres around Kuala Lumpur.
Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador said the four were also plotting to assassinate several “high-profile” individuals accused of failing to uphold Islam and insulting the religion…
The men, aged between 20 and 49, comprise a Malaysian who is alleged to be the leader of the group, two Rohingya, and one Indonesian.
Hamid (photo) told a press conference in Bukit Aman today that the group had plotted the attacks to seek “revenge” over the death of firefighter Mohamad Adib Mohd Kassim in the wake of the Seafield Sri Mahariamman Temple riots last November.
“The arrests also led to the seizure of a CZ 9mm pistol, 15 bullets and six improvised explosive devices, each approximately 18cm in length, smuggled in from a neighbouring country and intended for use in the planned attacks,” he said.
According to Hamid, Bukit Aman’s Counter-terrorism Unit had detected the cell earlier this month, and arrested the four men between May 5 and May 7 in Terengganu, Kuala Lumpur and Selangor.
27 April 2019
MALAYSIAN CHURCHES GO ON HIGH ALERT – A WEEK AFTER SRI LANKAN BOMBINGS
CHURCHES in Malaysia have been told to be on alert and cooperate with the police ahead of this weekend’s mass services, a week after the Sri Lanka Easter carnage that saw suicide bombers attacking churches and hotels on the island nation.
Advisories to step up security have been issued as Malaysian church leaders seek to address unease among Christians after more than 250 people, including 45 children were killed in Sri Lanka. Some 500 injured are still in hospitals.
Circulars were sent out to several ecclesial communities in Kuala Lumpur yesterday, notifying churchgoers of precautionary measures they should take.
Churches were told to open their gates only for mass or worship sessions and suspicious packages or individuals are to be immediately reported to church administrators.
Council of Churches Malaysia (CCM) general-secretary Reverend Hermen Shastri said he has reached out to the police for a dialogue session.
“I hope it is forthcoming. Churches have taken action and the police appear sensitive to security concerns,” he told The Malaysian Insight.
“The Catholic Church and CCM have alerted the congregation to be extra careful and to cooperate with police in maintaining the safety of religious places.
“People can’t take anything for granted. The initiative has to be taken by those in their own places of worship and there must be cooperation with law enforcement officers, who may operate in uniform or in plainclothes.”
Following the Sri Lanka bombings, acting Deputy Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador told The Malaysian Insight that Malaysia has ramped up the security level at places of worship.
The security level was initially increased after a lone gunman last month killed 50 worshippers in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, but the level went up another notch on following the attacks in Sri Lanka, he said.
Meanwhile, a notice issued by the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur yesterday cited Archbishop Julian Leow as asking priests to take “additional precautionary measures” to safeguard places of worship “against any untoward incidents”.
“In the aftermath of the abominable killing of hundreds of innocent people worshipping in churches and guests in several hotels in Sri Lanka, and with many others injured, there has been rising concern about the security procedures and situation in our own local parishes.”
The notice, signed by the archdiocese chancellor Reverend Michael Chua, said a Catholic representative, Monsignor Leonard Lexson, will be meeting the police for further direction.
Chua has urged parishioners to remain calm and “not allow fear to prevent us from exercising our duty and right to worship in our churches”.
Leow, who is currently not in Malaysia, could not be reached for comment.
There were no Malaysians among the fatalities in the Sri Lanka attacks that the Islamic State had claimed responsibility.
the malaysian insight
25 April 2019
KUALA LUMPUR: Police have stepped up security at houses of worship and diplomatic missions throughout the country following the deadly attacks at churches and hotels in Sri Lanka last Sunday.
Acting Deputy Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador said IGP Mohamad Fuzi Harun and the Bukit Aman Special Branch had issued orders to this effect.
The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) has increased its level of preparedness and reminded all formations under the state and district contingents to be more sensitive to their surroundings.
“PDRM are always on the lookout to immediately act on anything unusual, and we pray that this country will not be hit by disaster (attack on places of worship).
“We have established cooperation with the public to extend us any information on such matters,” he told reporters when met after the opening of a seminar on “Stopping Violence Against Women And Children” and launching of a crime-prevention book at Menara Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur here.
A series of explosions ripped through several locations, including Kochikade Church, Katuwapitiya Church, Shangri-La Hotel, Cinnamon Grand Hotel and St Barnabas Church in Batticaloa, Colombo, at 8.30am on Easter Sunday, killing at least 360 people.
24 April 2019
Bukit Aman has stepped up security measures in the country following Sunday’s bomb attacks in Sri Lanka, including increasing its surveillance outside places of worship nationwide.
Acting deputy inspector-general of police Abdul Hamid Bador (photo, above) told a news portal that the police force last month increased vigilance following the shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, which saw 50 people killed.
“The level went up another notch on Sunday following the attacks in Sri Lanka,” Hamid was reported as saying by The Malaysian Insight.
Last Sunday, more than 300 people were killed in bomb attacks at churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka.
It was suspected that the attacks on Easter Sunday, which is a holy day for Christians, were carried out by seven suicide bombers.
The terrorist organisation Islamic State has since claimed responsibility for the bombings, while the Sri Lankan government said the killings might have been a retaliation for the attack in Christchurch.
According to Hamid, the police Special Branch’s Counter-Terrorism Division has been working to gather intelligence from their counterparts in the region following the incidents.
He was quoted as saying that Bukit Aman has stationed at least one officer at mosques and other houses of worship following the Christchurch incident.
“Yes, we have increased our level of security after the Christchurch incident and the most recent attacks in Sri Lanka. We are stepping up efforts to secure all places of worship in Malaysia,” Hamid said.
20 March 2019
IGP: Places of worship under close watch after NZ attacks
Wednesday, 20 Mar 2019
KUALA LUMPUR: Places of worship around the country have been put under close police watch in the wake of the terror attacks in New Zealand and the Netherlands in the past five days.
Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun said all state police had been ordered to be vigilant and monitor such places to ensure its safety and security.
“Immediately after the Christchurch attack, we gave out orders to all our state police chiefs to keep these places under tight surveillance.
“There is nothing to worry about,” he told reporters after witnessing a memorandum of understanding signing ceremony between the Police Cooperative, Retired Senior Police Officers Association (Respa) and Security Industry Association (PIKM) at Bukit Aman yesterday.
Mohamad Fuzi also said they would not allow the nation to become a safe haven for foreign terrorists.
It was reported that a Malaysian and 12 Filipinos were arrested in a Bukit Aman Special Branch Counter Terrorism Division swoop on
March 11 and March 12 in Semporna and Tambunan.
Those detained were either members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), Maute or Royal Sulu Force (RSF) terror groups
Police revealed four of the suspects were involved with the Maute terror group which attacked Marawi in 2017.
The four also harboured other Maute members and even Middle Eastern militants who sought refuge in Sabah.
1 February 2019
KUALA LUMPUR: The 1Masjid 1Polis (1M1P) programme will be expanded throughout the country from March to curb crimes and ensure safety around mosques.
The programmes will also be extended to other places of worship including churches and temples in future, Bukit Aman Crime Prevention and Community Safety Department director Rosli Ab Rahmar said.
A total of 6,047 mosques registered under the Islamic Religious Councils of Terengganu and Pahang and several other states have implemented the programme since 2012.
Rosli said the department will appoint a liaison officer in each mosque and provide a police patrol box to highlight the presence of police.
Police personnel from the mobile patrol vehicle (MPV) and motorcycle patrol (URB) units will also perform prayers with the people to bring the police force closer to the people, he said.
Rosli said a similar programme will be extended to other places of worship including churches and temples.
“Police are also conducting regular patrols and have installed police boxes in other places of worship but have not appointed liaison officers yet,” he said.
Several incidents have taken place at mosques recently. The latest happened on Jan 28 when a man was arrested for allegedly trying to burn a mosque in Chendering, Kuala Terengganu.