ISIS wanted to kidnap Malaysia's PM Najib, says DPM Ahmad Zahid

Malaysia's Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (above) said that Prime Minister Najib Razak was among the top Malaysian officials that ISIS targeted for kidnapping last year.
Malaysia's Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (above) said that Prime Minister Najib Razak was among the top Malaysian officials that ISIS targeted for kidnapping last year. PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak was among the top Malaysian officials that militant group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) targeted for kidnapping last year, said Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid, who is also the home minister, said he and Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein were also targeted by the group.

"On Jan 30, 2015, a total of 13 people with ties to Daesh (another name for ISIS) had planned to kidnap the leaders, including the prime minister, home minister and defence minister," Dr Ahmad Zahid told Parliament on Tuesday (March 8).

He said this in a reply to Datuk Abdul Manan Ismail, a Barisan Nasional MP for Paya Besar, who asked the Home Ministry to state the success of police in preventing terrorist attacks planned by ISIS in the country.

Dr Ahmand Zahid said the police had prevented four incidents of attacks in Malaysia by ISIS.

In September 2014, there was a plan by the group to test improvised explosive devices in Kedah.

Other attempts included attacking places of worship, and entertainment outlets in the country.

"They also wanted to destroy the Free Mason Lodge in Bukit Jalil," Dr Ahmad Zahid said.

Meanwhile, an unemployed man who was arrested for possession of ganja, was found with items related to ISIS.

The 37-year-old suspect has been detained under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act (Sosma) 2012.

State police chief Abdul Ghafar Rajab said the suspect was arrested on March 3 for possessing ganja.

"His urine tested positive for drugs," he told a press conference.

"Further investigation led police to his house in Central Seberang Perai where we found a bag and an ISIS flag."