Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Najib: More police, army patrols to assure security

PUTRAJAYA: There will be increased police and military presence in public and tourist areas to assure the people of their safety.

This is among the decisions made by the National Security Council, which met on Tuesday to discuss the country's security following the terror attacks which took place around major cities around the world.

Closer to home, a terror attack by the Islamic State occured in Jakarta last week, killing at least eight people.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the joint patrol of policemen and soldiers would be conducted immediately to show the public that the authorities were in control of the country's security situation.

He named Bukit Bintang and a few major shopping malls as areas that would see the joint patrols.

"We want the people to feel safe and reassured. We want the people to continue their business as normal and not to be overly concern as the authorities have the situation under control," he told a press conference.

The Prime Minister said due to the alertness and preemptive measures taken by the police, 129 individuals have been arrested for involvement in the Islamic State (IS).

According to an intelligence report, 55 Malaysians were involved in IS in Iraq and Syria, of whom 17 were killed.

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