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IGP Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said today that Sarawak is included in plans to improve the state of preparedness against Islamic State threats. ― Picture by Yusof Mat IsaIGP Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said today that Sarawak is included in plans to improve the state of preparedness against Islamic State threats. ― Picture by Yusof Mat IsaKUCHING, Jan 21 — Sarawak is also included in plans to shore up the country’s security to face any threats from the extremist group Islamic State (IS), said Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.

He said, as reminded by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak recently, the IS threat was very real, and that all parties had to remain vigilant at all times.

“We do not exclude Sarawak from our action to improve the state of preparedness (against IS). This is why Bukit Aman Special Branch director (Datuk Seri Mohamad Fuzi Harun) had also come down here to ensure that everything was in order and ready to face any challenges (ahead),” he said.

He was speaking during a press conference at the Sarawak Police headquarters here, today.

On Jan 19, in a briefing on the threats posed by extremist and militant groups in Miri, the police revealed it had detected attempts to bring in the militant ideology to the state by parties influenced by IS.

Supt Ahmad Norisham Ma’arus of the Bukit Aman Special Branch Counter Terrorism Division (Investigation and Legal) refused to reveal if the activities were being carried out individually or collectively, however, he confirmed that the situation was under control and there was nothing to worry about.

Elaborating further, Khalid said that to raise public confidence, the police had also taken proactive measures to preempt any possible threat from the terrorist group.

“My team has been put on high alert and the Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM) are also (cooperating) with us to ensure there is preparedness to face any eventuality of IS militant threats in the country,” he said.

When asked if the police would make any arrests soon, Khalid said, “when we need to arrest we will arrest”. — Bernama

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