(Bernama) - The police Special Branch has revealed that there are Jemaah Islamiah (JI) terrorists and individuals linked to the communist movement who are trying to penetrate opposition parties and become candidates for the coming general election.
Bukit Aman Social Extremist Division chief assistant director E2 (M) Datuk Mohd Sofian Md Makinuddin said the Special Branch detected several JI elements who attempted to infiltrate PAS besides some communist movement elements into the DAP.
“Several leaders from the Socialist Party of Malaysia (PSM) and Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) also frequent Bangkok and southern Thailand, believed to attend secret meetings with former Malayan Communist Party (PKM) leaders there.
“The effect is new political ideas which have the potential of threatening the nation’s core values have spread. The movement receives support from foreign non-governmental organisations (NGO) which assist in terms of finance, training locally and abroad as well as exposure to specific expertise in facing the general election.”
He said this when delivering a lecture titled “Keselamatan Negara Tanggungjawab Bersama” (National Security A Shared Responsibility) at the National Youth Leaders Convention in Parliament building yesterday.
The one-day convention was organised by Parliament with the Prime Minister’s Department’s National Civics Bureau, Higher Education Ministry, Teachers Education Institute and Malaysian Youth Council.
Mohd Sofian said the movement’s aim was to create local NGOs which would always be hostile to the government and create chaos to weaken the ruling government.
“In this matter, we worry that the opposition parties and NGOs play up controversial issues to stir hatred among the public towards the government by the time the elections come.
“Or (it’s) to increase demonstrations and incidents which can divert police attention... demonstrations will continue to be a trend in our country,” he said.
Mohd Sofian said the Bersih rally, the Orange and Green rallies, organised by opposition supporters recently, were planned specially in the run-up to the coming general election.
“In addition, the campaign culture practised by Malaysia throughout the year has caused the public to be exposed to information with political values,” he added.