Malaysia's Mindef gets tough on terror

Malaysia's Mindef gets tough on terror
Deputy Home Minister Datuk Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar’s (left) reiterated his stern stand on the matter following the arrest of a Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) officer for involvement in planned attacks in Syria and Iraq.

SUNGAI BULOH - The Defence Ministry will brook no nonsense when dealing with personnel involved in terrorism, said its deputy minister Datuk Rahim Bakri.

Echoing Deputy Home Minister Datuk Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar's stern stand on the matter following the arrest of a Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) officer for involvement in planned attacks in Syria and Iraq, Rahim said the ministry will not hesitate to take action against the culprits.

"The armed forces are the defence pillar in maintaining the peace and security of Malaysia.

"Officers who tarnish the name and image of the organisation will face disciplinary action," he told reporters after a Koperasi Angkatan Tentera Malaysia Berhad meeting at the Sungai Buloh camp in Selangor yesterday.

Rahim warned all officers to be professional and follow what has been prescribed in their training.

"We will not compromise on the safety of the country for some ideology. I also urge the officers to be closely monitored to prevent militants from escaping or expanding their network," he said.

Asked if an internal investigation would be conducted on officers involved with militants, he said the ministry would wait until police investigations had been completed.

On Friday, a Royal Malaysian Navy officer was among three persons who were detained in Sabah for being part of a military group planning to undertake suicide bombings.

They have been linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS) in the Middle East and al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf in southern Philippines.

Since April 28, the Counter-Terrorism Unit has arrested 15 members of the group.

On a separate matter, Koperasi Angkatan Tentera Malaysia Berhad announced a nett profit of RM159mil (S$61mil) for the financial year 2013, a decline of RM90mil from 2012.

The cooperation announced a 12 per cent dividend amounting to RM116.4mil to be given to more than 145,000 army officers.

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