MCA: Work with cops in fight against Islamic State

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PETALING JAYA: Combating the Islamic State (Isis) militant group requires cooperation from both sides of the political divide in view of the fact that terrorists can strike at anytime, anywhere, MCA’s Ti Lian Ker said.

This is why politicians, especially those from the Opposition, must stop fostering hatred or distrust towards the police just to score “political brownie points”, the MCA spokesman said in a statement.

He added such hatred or distrust could see less cooperation between the public and the authorities.

Ti took to task PKR President Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail for questioning or finding fault with the ability of the police to fight the Isis, saying it was uncalled for.

“The main point is that the Inspector-General of Police had quickly come out and was forthright in correcting the Selangor police, which had initially ruled out terrorism and had attributed the explosion to gang rivalry.

“He was also honest to admit that two of the militant suspects were policemen.”

Yesterday, Wan Azizah said that she found Khalid Abu Bakar’s admission that two policemen were involved in the first Isis attack in Malaysia at the Movida pub in Puchong last Tuesday, very “troubling”.

The PKR president also wondered if the nation’s top cop was even aware of the militant group’s reach among the rank-and-file in the force.

Ti went on to state that the people needed to work closer with the police to uphold and maintain the nation’s peace and security.