Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail asked the IGP if he knew how extensively have the Malaysian police been infiltrated by IS. — File pic
KUALA LUMPUR — Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar’s admission to the involvement of two policemen in the first confirmed Islamic State (IS) attack on home soil is “troubling”, Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said tonight.
Expressing her shock, the PKR president questioned the Inspector-General of Police if he is aware of the extent of the global militant organisation’s reach among the rank-and-file even as she highlighted the about-turn in the police’s initial response rejecting the bombing at the Movida bar in Puchong as related to terrorism.
“At the same time, the IGP’s statement that 2 of the 15 arrested in connection with the Puchong attack were policemen is troubling.
“I must therefore ask how extensively has IS infiltrated into the RMP organizational structure?” she said in a statement following Khalid’s announcement earlier today that two low-ranking policemen were among 15 people arrested in connection with the June 28 grenade attack that left eight people wounded.
She urged Khalid to explain publicly the police U-turn from claiming the Puchong blast as an underworld gang fight to announcing the IS were involved.
“This is extremely worrying as it raises questions as to the preparedness of RMP in facing IS,” she said, using the initials for the royal Malaysian police force. Dr Wan Azizah noted too the recent suspected IS attack in a Dhaka cafe that killed 20 people, as well as in Baghdad that ended with over 120 slain.
“The RMP must swiftly apprehend and disable all active IS cells and bring to justice all those involved in extremist militant activities such as IS,” she said.
She urged the police to “reclassify all attacks involving explosives such as C4, hand grenades and others as being terroristic in nature until proven otherwise”.
She also urged the federal government, Islamic clerics and intellectuals to denounce the Puchong attack and steer clear of rhetoric that supports not only IS ideology but other extremist ideologies.
“The government must also be firm and consistent by providing clear leadership and curb a climate that encourages extremism, racism, corruption and religious deviancy, including by learning from the recent ‘kafir harbi’ episode where the government was very slow to act resulting in the rise of unhealthy polemics,” she said.
Dr Wan Azizah did not mention any name in her statement, but the “kafir harbi” remark appears to be a swipe at Pahang Mufti Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Osman who recently used it to describe those he deemed to be against Islam because they opposed a proposed Bill to strengthen the Shariah courts punitive powers.
Abdul Rahman has refused to apologise for the words which roughly translates to “warring infidel” and been on the defensive after backlash, insisting he had not meant it as justification to kill non-Muslims but meant intellectual battles instead.
Dr Wan Azizah urged Malaysians to unite to defend the country against the IS scourge. – Malay Mail Online