Police anti-terrorism unit to be expanded into division

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BACHOK: The Royal Malaysia Police’s anti-terrorism unit will be upgraded into a division to take on bigger responsibilities and prevent acts of terrorism from taking place in the country.

Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the division located at Bukit Aman would be headed by one of the most senior officers.

“This is a sign of the government’s concern over terrorism and the rejection of terrorism-related incidents.”

Zahid, who is also home minister, told reporters this after attending a programme to instil noble values of Ramadan among home ministry staff at the Mahmudi Mosque here tonight.

Present were International Trade and Industry Minister Mustapa Mohamed, Deputy Rural and Regional Development Minister Ahmad Jazlan Yaakub and Bachok Umno division head Awang Adek Hussin.

The ministry’s staff, as well as orphans and single mothers, were also feted to breaking of fast at the event.

Zahid said he would be calling for a Police Commission (SPP) meeting soon to discuss the move to upgrade the anti-terrorism unit.

“I will ask SPP members to confirm the upgrade of the unit into a division.”

He said before this there used to be Anti-Terrorism Division but it became a unit four years ago.

However, he said following incidents of terrorism abroad, including the latest in the centre of London on Saturday night, a division should be set up and headed by one of the most senior officers.

“We feel a senior officer should be put in charge for a holistic approach to combat terrorism and we should also do more, including obtaining the cooperation of the entire community.”

He said he would also invite opposition parties and non-governmental organisations to be involved in these efforts as the prevention of terrorism was the responsibility of all parties.

“All parties should be prepared to assist police to carry out prevention.”