Malaysia’s Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein (centre) with Armed Forces personnel. (Photo: NSTP)

Kuala Lumpur (VNA) – Security at all entry points nationwide, including rat trails, will be enhanced to ensure terrorists on the run from the authorities of the neighbouring countries do not infiltrate into Malaysia, said Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

Zahid, who is also Minister of Home Affairs, said on May 28 that the country will ensure that security at entry points and territorial waters is at the highest level with the engagement of the Marine Police, Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency, Royal Malaysian Navy and Eastern Sabah Security Command.

The move was being taken following a series of recent terror attacks in the Philippines, Indonesia and Bangkok recently, forcing these countries to step up counter-terrorism campaigns.

The Philippine military has launched airstrikes against the Islamic State (IS)-linked Maute group in Marawi city on the island of Mindanao after the group carried out a terror attack on May 23. Local security forces said the terrorists were backed by militants from Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore. 

Meanwhile, Indonesian police on May 26 arrested three suspects in Transjakarta bus station bombings in Kampung Melayu in eastern Jakarta, leaving at least three police officers dead and 12 others injured. 

Security measures have also been reinforced in Thailand following a bomb blast at an army hospital in Bangkok on May 22 that killed and injured 25 people.-VNA