KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian police picked up nine individuals linked to an African based terror group suspected to launch large-scale attacks in several countries.
The suspects were picked up between February 2 and 9, are believed to be fighters with the Ansar Al-Shariah Al-Tunisia, which is a part of the al-Qaeda terror network operating in North Africa.
Malaysian police chief Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun via a statement revealed that the probe by the Special Branch Counter-Terrorism unit found that foreign terrorist fighters are trying to make Malaysia a ‘safe haven’, a transit point and a logistics hub by sneaking into the country.
Over the past few years, a growing number of foreign nationals were detained for terror links.
It has raised concern that Malaysia could become a haven for terrorist. Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun said the latest arrests should be viewed seriously.
However, we should commend the good efforts carried out by the police to intercept the terror groups.
Asia News Today contacted former IGP Tan Sri Musa Hassan to obtain his view on the recent raid.
According to the former top cop, the police should always maintain a good rapport and strengthen international co-operation with other police agencies to gather and share intelligence that will be helpful to fight the war against terror.
He believed that the Malaysian police have been doing a good job in arresting any suspects linked to terror activities, however doubtful that Malaysia is being a safe haven.
Tan Sri Musa Hassan revealed that when he was in office, they used to monitor any terrorist activities including sympathisers.
He hoped the present policing method is still being used to thoroughly check including the sympathisers.
In addition to empower the police, Tan Sri Musa Hassan said the government should recognise a strong prevention law that will help to deter any terrorist activities.
When asked if there are any tips to stop terrorist entering Malaysia, he said the police and immigration at the borders should always be vigilant and conduct a strong background checks.
He believed that visa on arrival should be eliminated or reduced as it gives more advantage for the terrorist to enter the country easily.
The Star Online reported that the Counter Terrorism Division found these militants are marrying locals in order to obtain spouse visa.
It was also revealed they gained entry into Malaysia on the pretext of conducting business and for further studies.
Tan Sri Musa Hassan added that
foreigners marrying locals should undergo background checks with authorities to ensure that they are not involved in any extremists, terrorist groups or any criminal groups.