Terrorism episode: NGO advises public to stay vigilant at all times

Datuk John Lau Pang Heng

KUCHING, March 11: Sarawak Community Policing Association (SCPA) today advised the public not to be involved in activities that could cause threats, as well as endanger the safety and security of the country.

Commenting on the recent arrest of three terror suspects in Serian, its president, Datuk John Lau, encouraged the public to be watchful of what was happening in their neighbourhood and report any suspicious figures to the police without hesitation.

“We need to be aware of online terrorist propaganda, which is a fairly new phenomenon. In the real world, terrorist groups have proven highly resilient to counter-terrorism efforts, so it shouldn’t surprise anyone that the same dynamic is true on social platforms like Facebook. The more we do to detect and remove terrorist content, the more shrewd these groups become,” Lau said in a statement today.

Members of the public need to be aware when they receive phone calls from unknown phone numbers, adding that it was advisable to not answer these type of calls because no one will know if the caller will use sweet words to convince victims to join in their cause.

SCPA advised members of the public to report to the police if they receive or see hateful or extremist messages online or through their phone, see anyone causing violence, treachery and threats to national security.

“We need to be the eyes and ears of the police to keep our community, Sarawak and Malaysia safe and peaceful,” he said.

In congratulating the police for arresting the three suspects, Lau said the police were doing an outstanding job of keeping the community safe from any terrorist groups’ influence.

“SCPA believes in the multi-culture and multi-religion of our country. We need to live in harmony for a better Sarawak and a brighter Malaysia. We also encourage the government to launch a campaign against terrorism so that every citizen is aware of possible terrorist activities so that we can report to the police immediately,” he added. — DayakDaily