A number of key leaders of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) were among several foreigners arrested by the police between August 2009 and March this year.
Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said the arrest of the LTTE leaders was made known to Sri Lanka s Defence, Public Security and Law and Order Secretary Dr Gotabaya Rajapaksa when they met at the recent Defence Services Asia (DSA) Exhibition at the Putra World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur.
Rajapaksa appreciates the efficiency of our security forces, resulting in the arrest of the LTTE leaders, he said in a statement issued today following Defence Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi s statement yesterday that foreign criminals were making Malaysia their hiding place.
Hishammuddin said the police had arrested 599 foreign nationals between 2008 and March this year for smuggling and trafficking in drugs.
He said the police also busted several human smuggling and trafficking syndicates involving 1,567 victims during the same period.
Hishammuddin said the people needed not be worried following Ahmad Zahid s statement as the ministry was always monitoring the situation, while the police and other agencies of the ministry were also always on the alert and taking the necessary measures in addressing the problems.
The ministry is working with all the security agencies and the Defence Ministry in safeguarding the nation s security from outside threats, including from foreign criminals trying to make Malaysia their hiding place or using it as a transit point for human and drug trafficking, he added.