KUALA LUMPUR: Police nabbed four men believed to be members of the militant group IS in Sandakan, Sabah, on Monday.
Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Mohamad Fuzi Harun said the suspects, aged between 31 and 40, were citizens of a neighbouring country.
“They used Sandakan as a transit to southern Philippines. All four individuals were on the police’s wanted list; they are now being detained under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012,” he told a media conference after launching the Snatch Theft and Pickpocket Crime Prevention Campaign here today.
Fuzi did not elaborate on the case as it was currently under investigation.
Meanwhile, he said the police had stepped up their cooperation with the community, particularly non-governmental organisations (NGOs), in an effort to reduce the crime rate particularly street crime such as snatch theft and pickpocketing.
“The national crime index shows a reduction of 13.5% this year. Almost all the states recorded a lower crime rate except Sabah where it was slightly higher.
“In this regard, the cooperation between police and NGOs will be continued and it is very important to ensure that the community feel safe,” he said.
Fuzi said various approaches had been taken by the police including assigning personnel to 16 crime-prone areas such as Bukit Bintang in the federal capital.