Uni­fied force


KUALA LUMPUR: The fight against ex­trem­ism and ter­ror­ism in the coun­try has been taken to new heights with the set­ting up of the Na­tional Spe­cial Op­er­a­tions Force (NSOF).

Launched by Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Ab­dul Razak yes­ter­day, NSOF is an in­te­grated, quick-re­ac­tion force that will act as a first re­spon­der in any event that threat­ens na­tional se­cu­rity or in­ter­est.

Na­jib said the set­ting up of the unit, which re­ports di­rectly to the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Coun­cil (NSC), re­flects the gov­ern­ment’s com­mit­ment to is­sues of na­tional se­cu­rity and pub­lic safety.

“The es­tab­lish­ment of NSOF proves the gov­ern­ment’s ‘no­com­pro­mise’ stand on is­sues of se­cu­rity. This is be­cause we have learnt from the past, be it in the fight against com­mu­nists in 1948, or more re­cent ones.

“Can we be sure that the in­ci­dent in Movida, Pu­chong in June will not hap­pen again?” he asked.

Na­jib was speak­ing at the launch of the NSOF at Kem Per­dana in Sun­gai Besi here, where the force, which cur­rently com­prises 17 of­fi­cers and 170 com­bat troops, will be based.

It com­prises el­e­ments of spe­cial forces units from the Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM), Royal Malaysian Po­lice, and Malaysian Mar­itime En­force­ment Agency.

“NSOF’s es­tab­lish­ment is based on the prin­ci­ples of the Na­tional Blue Ocean Strat­egy where we will share our as­sets, abil­i­ties and forces, un­der a sin­gle chain of com­mand,” said Na­jib, who is also NSC chair­man.

“They will stay and train to­gether to en­sure readi­ness and so that they can be mo­bilised at any time,” he added.

“This is made pos­si­ble with the ex­is­tence of the NSC Act. Our de­sire is none other than to pro­tect the peo­ple,” he said.

On NSOF’s op­er­at­ing pro­ce­dure, Na­jib said in the event of an in­ci­dent, the NSC would re­port to In­spec­tor-Gen­eral of Po­lice Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar and ATM chief Tan Sri Zulk­ifeli Mohd Zin, and they would then re­fer to him for the nod to mo­bilise.

... He­ma­vathi Si­vane­san ( left) and Pankhuri Agrawal, two dancers from the Tem­ple of Fine Arts in Kuala Lumpur, pos­ing with oil lamps to sig­nify the bright­ness of Deep­avali. To­mor­row, Hin­dus all over Malaysia will be cel­e­brat­ing the Fes­ti­val of Lights.

Mem­bers of the NSOF at Kem Per­dana Sun­gai Besi.

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