IGP to foreigners: Don’t bring your country’s problems here

Khalid-Abu-BakarKUALA LUMPUR: Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar has issued a stern warning to foreigners coming to Malaysia.

“For the foreigners who want to come here to disrupt our national security, our harmony, don’t come.

“Don’t bring your country’s problems to our country.”

Khalid was speaking to reporters here today, after confirming the arrest of yet another Turkish man, bringing to three the number of Turkish citizens detained for security reasons.

The Star earlier today reported that the third man, Turkish academic Ismet Ozcelik, was detained at around 5.30pm yesterday while travelling in a car with his son Suheyl and an unidentified individual.

His arrest follows that of Turgay Karaman and Ihsan Aslan, who were initially reported as abducted and missing on Tuesday before police revealed that they had actually been arrested.

“Yes, yesterday we arrested another (Turkish man) for the same reason, which is that he was threatening Malaysia’s security and public peace,” said Khalid.

“He was taken at a petrol station in Chenor, Pahang.”

Yesterday, Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi revealed that Karaman and Aslan were suspected of being linked to terror group Islamic State (IS).

He added that they were being held under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma).

They will be brought before a panel to determine whether investigations will continue under the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2015 (Pota) or the Prevention of Crimes Act 2013 (Poca).

When asked if Ozcelik was also suspected of having links to IS, Khalid refused to comment. However, he added that there might be more arrests.

He brushed off questions on whether police were acting on instructions from outside the country. He said Malaysia had its own laws and the police, who were protecting the nation’s security, had the right to decide who they wanted to arrest.

“We don’t welcome those who threaten our country’s peace. So don’t try to bring your problems into this country and create chaos.”

Ozcelik, the director of a Turkish university, is here on a valid social visit pass that expires on Nov 17. Karaman and Aslan, meanwhile, have been living and working in Malaysia legally for more than a decade.

Their wives told reporters on Wednesday that they were “good men” who were incapable of violence.

Khalid said: “It doesn’t matter how long they’ve stayed here. But if they threaten to disrupt our national security, it doesn’t matter if they have been here for 50 years, even.

“We will take action (against them).”

He added that police had sufficient reasons to back the arrests.