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Malaysia is a “Safe Haven” for Terrorists, Bukit Aman’s Top Anti-Terror Officer said

NewsMalaysia is a "Safe Haven" for Terrorists, Bukit Aman’s Top Anti-Terror Officer...

Malaysia’s so-called friendly immigration policy has been identified by foreign terrorists as one of the factors that make Malaysia a safe haven or transition country before they continue their activities elsewhere.

The Assistant Director of the Special Branch of the Counter-Terrorism Division, Normah Ishak said this is also why there were not many violent terrorist acts that occur in the country, as these groups would move quietly and without causing a commotion in the country.

Normah said this at a forum on women’s role in terrorism financing, as reported by FMT.

She added that 51 our of the 558 people detained over terrorism links were women, with 36 of them being Malaysian.

Meanwhile, she also said that among the pull factors for these terror groups was our friendly immigration policies, with the visa-on-arrival facility for citizens from many countries, including those from which these foreign terrorists come.

“I don’t think there is any memorandum of understanding (MoU) or cooperation between terrorist groups in Malaysia and those in other countries.” she said.

She then said that foreign members of terror organisations are only “transiting our area” and hence, it would be difficult to avoid any confrontation with local law enforcement and the government.

Source: MYKMU

“Everything is done secretly and quietly.”

Normah then said that the lack of violent activities in the country had led to a lack of “staying power by Malaysian members of terrorist organisations.

“They are not that resilient nor do they have the ‘staying power’ to pursue the goals of their organisation.”

“Many of them don’t have the momentum or mindset to sacrifice the way other groups of terrorists do to really achieve the goals of their movement.” she said.

Normah continue saying that of the 36 Malaysian women arrested, 13 have been charged, while 16 were released.

“Two more are being held under the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2015 (Pota) and five others under the Prevention of Crime Act (Poca).”

“The 13 women were charged under Section 130(J), (K), (G) and (M) for links to terrorism, including for soliciting support for, or supporting, terrorism activities.” she said.

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