Malaysia to hike security in tourist spots

Published on : Thursday, June 18, 2015

MalaysiaMalaysian Home Affairs Minister Dr Ahmad Zahid said police would increase presence in 46 crime hot spots in the Federal Capital in Kuala Lumpur including tourist areas like Bukit Bintang, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman and Petaling Street, besides beefing up its motorcycle patrol unit (URB) to 1,000 members this year.


“It will also install high-definition closed-circuit television cameras to detect criminals in street crime such as snatch theft, for the recordings to be tendered as proof in court cases,” he said.


Malaysian Deputy Inspector-General of Police Nor Rashid Ibrahim added that police at all times deployed policemen for patrols, besides stationing detectives at the crime hot spots in the Federal capital and other states.


Meanwhile, Malaysia is prepared to share with France, its experience in running the rehabilitation programme for detainees who were Islamic State (IS) militants.


The offer was made by Zahid in his meeting with the French ambassador to Malaysia, Cristophe Penot, during the latter’s courtesy call on him at his office, here, Monday.


Zahid noted that previous efforts to rehabilitate former communist insurgents in the country were indeed an experience which had differentiated Malaysia from other countries, including France.


“We had the experience of rehabilitating communist terrorists…when the Emergency Law 1948 and then the Internal Security Act 196 (were introduced), which stipulated a rehabilitation plan (for detainees) in terms of ideology and faith.


“This was to ensure that the detainees, after their release, would return to society, lead normal lives and not try to influence others with their ideology,” he said.

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