Malaysia on alert after arrests of 9 terror suspects, including a foreigner
March 11, 2019 | Brainwave Science
Ever since the arrest of nine terror suspects on February, Malaysian police are on alert against foreign infiltrating terrorist fighters. The inspector general of police Mohd Fuzi Harun, said the police are taking this very seriously and will continue to cooperate with foreign intelligence agencies to eliminate individuals.
Between Feb 2 and Feb 9, nine terror suspects including six Egyptians and one Tunisian were arrested. Two of them, a 21-year-old Egyptian and a 22-year-old Tunisian, are said to be members of Ansar Al Shariah Al Tunisia who entered Malaysia using false Syrian travel documents.
Ansar Am Shariah Al Tunisia is based in North Africa and is listed by the United Nations as an international terrorist group responsible for planning large scale attacks in several countries.
The other five Egyptians picked up by police special branch are members of Muslim Brotherhood Al Ikhwanul Muslimin and functioned as facilitators to secure lodging, logistics and jobs including buying air tickets for members. Two of them were students from institutions of higher learning in Malaysia, while another two were teachers, one at a religious school in Klang valley and another an Arabic teacher.
Also arrested were two Malaysians in Serian Sarawak who were charged with terror offences as facilitators to foreign fighters.
All seven foreigners had been deported to their home countries on Mar 5 and blacklisted in Malaysia.
Since Islamic State was defeated in Syria and Iraq, Mohd Fuzi said foreign fighter elements are now trying to use Malaysia as a haven, transit and logistical hub to plan an attack in a third country.
The Malaysian police described some common methods used by foreign fighters to come in and operate in Malaysia including marrying locals in order to get a spouse visa. Others exploit their student visa or try to set up businesses in Malaysia.
Malaysia is working actively with foreign intelligence agencies. Terrorism in Malaysia, began around 1922 with the birth of Malasian Communist Party from the SouthSeas Communist Party. Earlier it was involved in a failed revolution attempt. The Japanese invasion and the vaccum after their departure added to reprisal campaigns against the institution. Through the course of history, several events and phases like the formation of the British Military Administration and the establishment of the Malayan Union, the Malayan Emergency (1948–1960), Independence and the war against Communism,
War on terror and Islamic extremism have brought terror in Malaysia to where it is today.
The presence of groups like Ansar Am Shariah Al Tunisia, which hail from Africa is a dangerous sign and thus Malaysia is on High-alert.
The country has seen several events related to terrorism ever since 1940s. The latest event took place on 30 August 2017. The police foiled a terrorist plot on the closing ceremony of the SEA Games in Bukit Jalil and the 60th National Day parade in Merdeka Square with the arrest of 19 suspects of terrorist including eight members of Abu Sayyaff group and one suspect of Bangladeshi Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen group in separate operations in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor etc.
Terrorism poses a serious challenge as the government battles the problem of radicalization and try to defeat terrorists plotting to attack the country. Islamic State’s unit in Malaysia, Katibah Nusantara, has been threatening the Counter Terrorism division for interfering with the group’s recruitment plans. Despite multiple arrests and foiling of several attacks, terror still remains in Malaysia and surrounding countries. Malaysian counter-terrorism agencies struggle to eliminate terrorist threats from domestic and foreign groups. Identifying a terrorist is an uphill task and agencies usually apprehend foot-soldiers. It is important to locate and arrest members of the senior leadership of these terror groups. The Malaysian government has enforced several laws which empower counter-terrorism departments to detain persons linked with terror groups without bringing them to trial for up to 60 days or more.
In this process, it is possible that innocents may get detained based on suspicion. Their human rights will be violated and because of preventive detention, they will have little recourse. This is where conventional interrogation falls short. For a country like Malaysia, where there are multiple problems like the Rohingya Crisis, multiple terror groups, both domestic and foreign, existing techniques such as torture and interrogation are simply ineffective and inefficient.
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