There must be an effective task
force to review and strengthen security in cities such as Kuala Lumpur
by Dr Tan Seng Giaw
(Kuala Lumpur, Friday): The Datuk Bandar Datuk Mohmad Shaid led over 1,000 workers waiting at the entrance to the KLCH building at Jalan Raja Laut, KL, this morning. This was to allow the police bomb squad to find the bombs, if any. KLCH telephone operators received a call from someone who spoke in an Indonesian accent, saying that there were bombs placed at 28th to 30th floors of the headquarters. The reason was that three days ago, the Prime Minister Dato’Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi met President Bush in Washington and pledged to send a big medical team to Iraq to help with the country’s reconstruction.
The squad found no bomb after two hour. All returned to work.
This type of terrorist behaviour is rarely seen in Malaysia. If the caller was Indonesian, not a Malaysian imitating an Indonesian accent, then it is all the more necessary to have an effective task force to review and strengthen the security of cities such as KL and Putrajaya. We need more comprehensive improvement in the mechanism to control illegal and legal immigrants. Apparently, about 10% of the 23 million people in Malaysia are immigrant workers.
Then, the Government has to look into the part played by local governments such as KLCH in security. We don’t want to see extremists like terrorists in the country.
* Dr Tan Seng Giaw, DAP National Vice-Chairman and MP for Kepong