Malaysia never learns from painful experience. That is what I felt when I read the news that Special Branch had arrested 7 FTF (foreign terrorist fighters) working as security guards in Kuala Lumpur for the last 2 years.
All 7 FTF were believed to be affiliated to Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), and to a further extent, Daish.
All 7 are believed to have came to Peninsular Malaysia using forged MyKads.
Note that these 7 are different from the 9 arrested between 1 July to 30 August, for plans to distrupt the National Day celebration and SEA Games.
Blast from the Past
On 23 Oct 2013, La Ode, an armed security guard had shot dead Pn Norazita Abdul Talib, a chief cashier working with AmBank Berhad USJ Sentral branch during an armed robbery which netted him a total of RM450,000. Investigation by PDRM revealed that he was an illegal immigrant from Indonesia who had used a forged MyKad to apply for his job.
The lackadaiscal way La Ode was cleared by Kawalan Prima and to the extent that he had been able to obtain a firearm ended up with the untimely death of Pn Norazita.
The security guard firm that had hired Ode, Kawalan Prima had since been blacklisted by Home Ministry for their gross negligence. La Ode himself had since been sentence to death by hanging. His accomplice had since escaped with all the money.
Apparently, the lesson from this misadventure had since been lost to the industry, and to Malaysians at large.
This is despite the brouhaha made by the Home Ministry to check and clear the guards in the industry.
With the revelation of the arrest of the guards being FTF in the country probably as sleeper cells waiting for the right moment to strike against Malaysia, would further investigation into the industry open up a larger can of worms this time? I believe so.
I had covered about the industry in my writings while with DSGC. Based on current information I'm receiving on the industry, not only lessons from La Ode's misadventures had been forgotten but also that the industry is trying to revert back to their old ways.
Other Lessons Lost in Time
Other lessons that Malaysians have had since forgotten are the illegal distribution of military camouflage clothes.
With the threat that we are facing today from Daish and to an extent, al Qaeda, we are now sitting on a time bomb that could and may explode any time soon, with only Royal Malaysian Police (RMP) Counter Terrorism unit excellent capability being our shield preventing such tragedy from reaching our shores.
At the time of this article is been written, I've noted that today is the 4th anniversary of the untimely death of Pn Norazita Abdul Talib. May God bless her soul and placate her and that of her family till justice is fully served.