The Straits Times
Published on Jan 09, 2013

Malaysian police raid religious sect, seize weapons: Report


KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - Police in Muslim-majority Malaysia have seized a huge cache of weapons at the home of a religious sect leader, said a report Wednesday that suggested the group was preparing for armed confrontation.

The Star said police in the southern state of Malacca on Saturday also arrested the "reclusive" 46-year-old spiritual leader of the sect, which claims on its blog that members are "warriors of righteousness and crusaders of truth". The leader's name was not given.

Malacca state police chief Chuah Ghee Lye confirmed to AFP only that one man had been arrested at the home in Malacca. He declined all further comment on the case, saying a press conference would be held on Thursday.

"Come tomorrow and we will show you all the weapons," he said. Police had been monitoring the sect for weeks, The Star said, and moved in at the weekend. No resistance had been encountered, it said.