KUALA LUMPUR: At least 10 people have been arrested in east coast Sabah for allegedly leaking classified intelligence on security operations to enemies of the state.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said that the individuals were arrested in an ongoing operation to nab informants who are believed to have leaked information to kidnap-for-ransom (KFR) groups such as Abu Sayyaf.
The operation kicked off on Thursday and is ongoing, said a report in the Star.
Khalid said the operation is being carried out by authorities in Sabah and the Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom).
“Those arrested were civilians, residents of Sabah and individuals from southern Philippines.
“We will continue to identify these informants and take action against them,” he told reporters at a press conference in Bukit Aman on Friday.
Khalid did not rule out the possibility that security officers could also have been involved in leaking classified information.
He said those arrested will be investigated under the Immigration Act, the Penal Code and Security Offences (Special Measures) Act (Sosma) 2012.
Khalid said authorities from Malaysia and the Philippines are constantly monitoring movements between the two countries.
“We will continue to stay alert to prevent elements of Abu Sayyaf and other KFR groups from slipping into the country.
“We know that they have many informants here. These informants will help them once they slip into the country.
“We will always be ready,” he said.