Malaysia Arrested 519 People As of July for Terrorism
08/26/2019 Malaysia (International Christian Concern) – The Malaysian police have arrested 519 people suspected of having been involved in terrorism as of July, according to Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin.
Without giving a breakdown of the numbers, he said that they comprise Malaysians and foreigners.
“These people were found to have been involved in activities that we consider as terrorism in the context of the criminal laws and the effect (of these activities) is that they carry threat,” he said.
He went on to explain to the press that “They were detained under the enforcement of the existing laws, regardless of whether it is the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2015 (POTA) or Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (SOSMA).”
Muhyiddin said that the police information and records show that some of these people have been convicted and some are still in custody.
Last May, the Malaysian police claimed to have detained the three remaining suspects of an Islamic State “wolf pack” who were planning big-scale attacks against places of worship, entertainment centers and assassinations in Klang Valley.