KL: We'll use every means to prevent terror attacks

KUALA LUMPUR: The Govern­ment has vowed to use every means at its disposal to prevent a terror attack from happening in the country.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said Bukit Aman would step up intelligence monitoring, increase security for the upcoming ASEAN Summit and "nab anyone wanting to create trouble".

"We are in a heightened state of alertness to ensure that a similar incident to the one in Paris does not happen here," Dr Ahmad Zahid told reporters after attending a People's Progressive Party event here yesterday.

He said what happened in Paris would likely happen elsewhere if the authorities let their guard down.

"On our part, we have more than doubled our deployment of personnel to ensure the security of leaders from ASEAN and other foreign countries who will be in Kuala Lumpur for the summit.

"The police have mobilised satisfactorily. I would like to give an assurance to Malaysians and hope that they will continue to support our authorities in protecting the country's security," he added.

Dr Ahmad Zahid said police would swoop in on anyone suspected to have links with terror organisations using the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act, the Preven­tion of Terrorism Act and the Criminal Procedure Code.

On the Paris attacks, he said French authorities had yet to submit any request for aid from Malaysian police in probing the attacks, adding that both countries routinely co-operated on security matters.

Asked if the Government would advise its citizens based in Paris to leave, Dr Ahmad Zahid, who is also Home Minister, said he did not see any reason to do so yet.

"The French military, police and intelligence authorities have redoubled their efforts to ensure security following the attacks and measures are being taken, including screening all air travellers," he added.

Dr Ahmad Zahid said Malaysian authorities did not have information on who the attackers were.

He said French officials were looking at various angles such as the possible involvement of a number of people, including non-native individuals in France, who were in the country as permanent residents or had recently became citizens.

"I would like to emphasise that if the attacks were found to have been committed by those using the name of Islam, we need to know that Islam has never recognised such cruel action.

"Islam has never taught such a thing, what more to commit violence against the innocent," he said.