Police on high alert during holiday period

Datuk Seri Mohamad Fuzi Harun

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian police have raised the red flag following the recent terror attacks in Turkey and Germany, ramping up security nationwide as the country gets into holiday mode and year-end celebrations, The Star reported.

Special Branch Department director Commissioner Mohamad Fuzi Harun told the Star that the threat by Islamic State (IS) militants was a clear and present danger and all state police chiefs had been told to be on high alert.

“Entertainment outlets, houses of worship, embassies and consulates will be put under extra surveillance,” said Fuzi, adding that terror threats must not be taken lightly and the IS must never be underestimated.

“This is a critical time, especially after the attacks in Ankara and Berlin.”

He also said it took only one terror suspect to create chaos, pointing to the two recent incidents in Ankara and Berlin.

On Monday, the Russian ambassador to Turkey was gunned down by a rogue policeman at an art exhibition in Ankara while on the same day, a refugee in Berlin drove a truck into a crowd of Christmas shoppers in Berlin.

Fuzi pointed out that it took only one terror suspect in both cases to create mayhem.

Sources told The Star that known Malaysian militant Mohamad Wanndy Mohamad Jedi, who was still in Syria, had been urging militants here to carry out lone wolf attacks, even becoming suicide bombers.

Fuzi said under normal circumstances, police would not disclose their operational methods, but felt it was important to let the people know the police were focused on pre-emptive action.

“The threat of IS is a clear and present danger, and we have to always be on guard,” he said.