“We duly take note on the fact that these extreme actions are getting closer and closer to home”, Global Movement of Moderates CEO Nasharudin Mat Isa said in a statement today condemning the gunfire and bombing attacks on Jakarta.
Ustaz Nasha added that for this reason, it is imperative “to combat extremism wherever it may be”.
Some days/weeks earlier, there was news of bomb alerts and preemptive arrests in Jakarta.
Today the suicide explosions really happened at Starbucks.
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A fortnight ago, Indonesian police had put into effect Operation Candle 2015 to secure the safety of churches during the Christmas celebration.
Nine prominent churches in Greater Jakarta were given protection under special security measures, the Jakarta Post had reported last Dec 23. The army was also put on duty.
Police installed almost 1,000 CCTVs at key locations considered to be under threat.
The churches were even combed for bombs by security personnel and sniffer dogs on Christmas eve.
Red alert in Malaysia
Meanwhile, the Inspector-General of Police has announced that Kuala Lumpur is going into highest level of alert after the Jakarta bomb blasts.
Malaysians should beware that the attacks are getting closer and closer to home, as the CEO of the moderates has cautioned.
Are Malaysian police going to emulate their Indonesian counterparts and implement extra precautionary steps to safeguard some highly probable targets of attacks?
It’s a matter of ‘when’ … not ‘if’.
By the way, this Jan 18-25 coming up is the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. #pray4Jakarta, #pray4Jerusubang
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Malay Mail Online (@themmailonline) January 14, 2016