KUALA LUMPUR (NST) – Malaysia will boost surveillance and Immigration checks at all entry points following the imminent release of 350 Jemaah Islamiah (JI) militants from Indonesian prisons.
Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the authorities would collaborate with their Indonesian counterparts and Aseanapol, or the Asean police organisation, to ensure that the released militants did not pose any threat to other countries. “We do not want them to come here and create trouble, let alone reactivate their militant cells,” he said at the federal police headquarters in Bukit Aman on Thursday.
JI is a Southeast Asian militant terrorist organisation dedicated to the establishment of a Daulah Islamiyah (regional Islamic caliphate) in the region. It was responsible for the Oct 25, 2002, bombing in Bali, Indonesia, which resulted in the United Nations Security Council labelling it as a terrorist organisation linked to the Taleban’s al-Qaeda.
JI is believed to be linked with other militant groups, such as the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and Jamaah Ansharut Tauhid, a splinter cell of JI that was formed by Abu Bakar Baasyir in July 2008.
Meanwhile, Zahid said Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng had agreed to the ministry boosting security in the state, with increased community policing measures.