The Straits Times
Published on Jan 11, 2013

Malaysian sect prepared for Mayan 'doomsday': Police


KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - A Malaysian Islamic sect that stockpiled a huge cache of swords, gunpowder and other weaponry was preparing for last month's much-hyped Mayan apocalypse prophecy that never came true, police said on Friday.

The 46-year-old leader of the sect, which called itself "Sky Banner", was arrested last Saturday in the southern state Malacca, and a police raid at his home turned up an array of weapons and survival gear.

State police, who have not yet named the leader, said the group appeared to be preparing for the chaos of a post-apocalyptic world.

"There is nothing to suggest any links with militant groups or a planned attack. I think the weapons were for protection or hunting," Malacca police chief Chuah Ghee Lye said.