Malaysia launches special ops force to counter terror threats

A counter-terrorism demonstration during the launch of the National Special Operations Force (NCOF) in Kuala Lumpur. PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

KUALA LUMPUR ( THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Malaysia has launched a special operations force to combat terror threats, Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Thursday (Oct 27).

Datuk Seri Najib said the newly-formed National Special Operations Force (NSOF) - comprising personnel from the Armed Forces, police, and the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency - will act as an integrated unit and be the first responder to any terror situation in the country.

"We are not apologetic for any measures taken by our security forces. This unit is based on the National Blue Ocean Strategy principle of sharing assets and capabilities, and acting under a single chain of command," he said before launching the NSOF on Thursday.

He also expressed his confidence that the unit would be successful in safeguarding the country's peace and security against any threat - including that of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

"Without peace and security, all bets are off," he said.

Najib said that during this initial stage, personnel in NSOF will be seconded from the three main agencies.

"However, designated posts will be assigned once the unit is operational to prevent any disruption of the agencies involved," he said.

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