KUALA LUMPUR - Police acted swiftly in detaining Islamist militant Fadli Sadama (pic) in Malaysia to avert any possible terror attacks from being carried out in the country.
In confirming the arrest, Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the terrorist, who was among 200 inmates who in July fled the Tanjung Gusta prison in Medan city, was deemed very dangerous.
"We had received reports that Fadli posed a threat to national safety and security.
"Our police force acted swiftly in detaining the terrorist before any harm could be done," he told reporters after launching the Je T'aime and The Glory of God books here yesterday.
Dr Ahmad Zahid said the ministry wanted to prevent the country from being labelled as a terrorist-breeding ground.
"We do not want Malaysia to be viewed as a breeding ground (for terrorists) due to one or two incidents," he said.
On the event, Dr Ahmad Zahid said proceeds from the sale of the two books, written by Datin Seri Shuryani Shuaib, would be channelled to the Yayasan Semporna charity foundation.
He commended Shuryani, who is the wife of Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal, for spearheading such an honourable cause.
It is learnt that Fadli was detained two weeks ago following a raid on a house in the Klang Valley.
It was reported that Fadli broke out of jail during a prison riot in Medan in July.
Malaysia had initially deported Fadli in December 2010. He was jailed in Indonesia for 11 years in 2011 under anti-terrorism laws for his role in several bank robberies to finance terrorist activities, including one in 2010 in which a policeman was shot dead.
Fadli was also believed to have been a courier for Noordin Mat Top, the late Malaysian bombmaker linked to the Jemaah Islamiyah group, and who was behind several deadly bombings in Indonesia.
Fadli was a member of the Indonesian Mujahidin Group (KMI) and was recruited by convicted Indonesian terrorist Toni Togar, who is serving a 20-year jail sentence at Pematang Siantar penitentiary in North Sumatra for his role in the 2003 J.W. Marriot Hotel bombing in Jakarta.