Almost 400 individuals linked to Daesh arrested

Najib says some 95 Malaysians have joined Daesh militant movements in Syria and Iraq


Almost 400 people have been arrested for Daesh-linked activities since 2013, as the government continues to be vigilant over the country’s security, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Razak.

He said the police have successfully prevented attempts to attack Malaysia by Daesh militants, with a total of 389 arrests to date.

Najib said at the Putrajaya Forum 2018 yesterday that some 95 Malaysians have joined Daesh militant movements in Syria and Iraq.

The forum is part of the on-going Defence & Services Asia (DSA) 2018 exhibition held at the Matrade Exhibition Convention Centre in Kuala Lumpur.

Najib said of the 95 individuals, 34 of them died in conflict zones, while nine of them became suicide bombers.

“There has so far been only one successful Daesh-linked attack in Malaysia — in which, thankfully, no lives were lost, but we had to be prepared,” he said.

In the June 28, 2016, attack at the Movida nightclub in Puchong, Selangor, eight people were injured and the incident was recognised as the “first successful Daesh-linked terror attack on Malaysian soil”.

Elaborating on the efforts taken by the government to address national security matters, Najib said the Anti-Fake News Act 2018 that was enforced recently is one of such initiatives.

“Fake news can certainly pose a security threat, and we have seen many instances around the world, where fake news has been used as a tool of interference, which strangely some Opposition leaders now say they welcome,” he added.

Najib said he and his Cabinet members will not compromise on the country’s sovereignty by allowing “other countries or individuals” to tell Malaysians “what to do and who to choose”.

He added that Malaysia’s future is only for its people to decide, and the citizens, therefore, should only make their decisions based on facts and not “lies, propaganda, false promises and illusions”.