Malaysia considers setting up federal counter-terrorism department

Malaysia police investigate an attack scene (Photo: AFP/VNA)

Kuala Lumpur
(VNA) –
The Royal Malaysia Police is considering the establishment of a new
federal counter-terrorism department to enhance the forces’ ability to fight
terrorism, reported the New Straits Times on July 7.

The new department will
be have 500 personnel, more than double the 200 officers who are drawn from
various state forces by the existing special branch counter-terrorism division.

These officers will investigate
terror financing, carry out rehabilitation, monitor threats and the players
involved and engage the community to prevent radicalism.

According to the NST,
the new department is part of a recently announced major reshuffle at the
police force ahead of the next general election due by August next year and the
upcoming SEA Games.

new counter-terrorism department will be helmed by a second deputy
inspector-general of police (IGP), a newly-created post.

Deputy Prime Minister
Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who is also Home Minister, said there is a need to have two
deputy IGPs but that the government would only make an announcement on the
second deputy IGP after a meeting by the police commission.

The Royal Malaysia
Police currently has nine departments and an equivalent unit called Special
Branch which is leading the counter-terrorism force.-VNA

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