Stringent police security should ensure that terrorist threats from the Islamic state ISIL terror group, should neither disrupt our daily lives nor prevent the coming royal visit by Prince Charles and his wife to Malaysia next month. Inspector General of Police Mohamad Fuzi Harun said that police have not received any terror threat to Britain’s Prince Charles’ but security will be tight for the high-profile royal event.
Fuzi was commenting on a challenge issued by an Islamic State fighter from Singapore to Prince Charles’ son, Prince Harry, a former army attack helicopter pilot, to come and fight the terror group in Syria and Iraq. Despite this, DAP has confidence that the Malaysian police when fully committed, has both the professional capacity and capability, to ensure that the Prince Charles royal visit here remains safe and trouble-free.
Prince Charles will also be visiting Penang from 6-8 November 2017. Fuzi added that the police had not received any threat to the upcoming royal visit, unlike the cancelled beer festival in Kuala Lumpur, where there was a specific terror threat to disrupt the event. Up till now, Fuzi had still not disclosed the specific terror threat to the cancelled beer festival, that was held without any problems for the previous five years.
The authorities must realise that if any event is cancelled because of a terror threat issued by a terrorist group, then the terrorist group wins because it has achieved its purpose of disrupting our daily lives and lifestyle. Similarly, if an official visit is cancelled because of a terror threat, this would be a humiliation for the authorities who are not seen as capable of maintaining public security, law and order.
DAP believes that the police, when allowed to do its professional job, has the ability to contain and ensure that any terrorist group in Malaysia can not just simply threaten and hold Malaysians to ransom with impunity. If we subject ourselves to such undisclosed terror threats and change our daily lifestyle, we will not only be surrendering our freedom but perhaps also our sovereignty as a nation.