PENANG — Penang Gerakan Secretary Oh Tong Keong urged NGOs and political leaders to put national security as top priority.
“Please do not let the heated politics outshine the risk of terrorist attack,” Oh said.
Oh said that our country is one of the Southeast Asian countries that openly criticized and against the Islamic State (IS).
“We are one of their targets,” Oh added.
He recalled that our police force had arrested a few groups of IS related terrorist-suspects and monitored 8 Malaysian children undergoing IS training. The Jakarta attack has proven that IS influence is already in Southeast Asia.
In a statement, Oh said that religious extremists have been waiting for an opportunity especially when a few political issues heated up.
“We are not sure if they will answer the call from IS and use violence in our country. Openly going against the government could lure the attention of terrorists,” Oh said.
Oh opined that the terrorists will believe that a weak government with lack of people’s support will not be strong enough to fight back.
“To the terrorists, an unstable political situation simply means easier to brain wash and also easier for them to capitalize on their crooked religious beliefs,” Oh said. also urged the police to pay more attention to safeguard major cities, government administration centres, and tourist attractions.
Oh also urged the police to pay more attention to safeguard major cities, government administration centers and tourist attractions.