July 4, 2003

There Are No Terrorist Activities In M'sia, Says Abdullah

KUALA LUMPUR, July 3 (Bernama) -- Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Haji Ahmad Badawi said there are no terrorist activities in Malaysia.
As such, the country did not need outsiders to monitor the situation, he told reporters at the Parliament Lobby here.
He was asked to comment on a New York Post report, dated June 29, which quoted Police Commissioner Ray Kelly as saying that the New York Police Department (NYPD) would send its detectives to Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines to gather intelligence on terrorists, instead of relying on the CIA and FBI.
Abdullah, who is also Home Minister, said that whatever was happening in the country would be the country's affairs and would be dealt with internally.
He said the government and the people were responsible for safeguarding the interest and sovereignty of the country and thus would need no foreign support.
"We will safeguard the interest of the country and also the sovereignty of the country," he said.
Abdullah said: "We will manage the affairs of our country."
On plans by the NYPD to send its detectives here, he said they must inform the Malaysian government.
"They want to come, so they have to tell us. They cannot come in just like that," he said.
The NYPD reportedly has created its own vast terror intelligence to get its own terror tips, instead of relying on the CIA and FBI.
Kelly was also quoted as saying that the NYPD had developed its own information pipeline in response to the spate of threats received, which had cost it millions of dollars in overtime.