IPOH, Jan 24, 2016:

Perak police are monitoring the activities of people in the state to ensure they are not influenced by negative elements, including the Islamic State (IS) militant group.

State police chief, Datuk Osman Salleh said so far, they had not detected any militant activity in Perak.

“Besides carrying out the usual crime-prevention tasks, we are also working at preventing the IS threat. We are collaborating with the Malaysian Armed Forces for this.

“We are keeping a security watch, especially on public haunts so that people will feel safe,” he told reporters at the ‘High-Profile Policing’ programme with the community in conjunction with the Thaipusam celebration at the Arul Subramaniar temple, here, today.

He said for the celebration, Perak police had formed a special team of officers and other personnel to ensure public safety.

About 1,600 personnel are on security watch at the Gunung Cheruh area where the Arul Subramaniar temple is located and which is the main scene of the Thaipusam celebration, here.

On the arrest of members of the notorious Mamak Gang last Friday, Osman said police were trying to identify another member of the gang.

In the incident, a 38-year-old Mamak Gang member was shot dead while another two, aged 31 and 35, were nabbed after their car crashed into police cars at the Changkat Jering toll plaza.

The man driving the Volkswagen Passat refused to stop the car when ordered by police but drove ahead and crashed into the police cars, forcing police to fire shots and the suspect was hit on his left chest.

The suspects, all from Perak, have previous criminal records.

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