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BACHOK - The Royal Malaysia Police's (RMP) Anti-Terrorism Unit will be upgraded to a division to take on bigger responsibilities to prevent acts of terrorism from taking place in this country.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the division located at Bukit Aman would be headed by one of the most senior officers.

"The move to upgrade the anti-terrorism unit into a division is a sign of the government's concern on terrorism and the rejection terrorism incidents," Ahmad Zahid, who is also Home Minister, told reporters after attending a programme to instill the noble values of Ramadan among Home Ministry staff at the Mahmudi Mosque here tonight.

Also present were International Trade and Industry Minister, Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed, Deputy Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Ahmad Jazlan Yaakub and Bachok UMNO division head Datuk Dr Awang Adek Hussin.

The ministry's staff as well as orphans and single mothers were also feted to breaking-of the-fast at the event.

Ahmad Zahid said he would be calling for a Police Commission (SPP) meeting soon to discuss the move to upgrade the anti-terrorism unit.

"I will ask SPP members to confirm the upgrade

SYDNEY - A man who allegedly attempted to enter the cockpit of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH128 while threatening to blow up the plane was carrying a large black device that had several aerials protruding from it, a passenger on the flight says, according to The Sydney Morning Herald.

"I've never seen anything like it. It was the size of a watermelon, it was huge, it was black," the passenger, former AFL player Andrew Leoncelli, told radio station 3AW.

"It had two sort of like antennae stuff

PETALING JAYA - Air traffic control audio from Malaysia Airlines Flight MH128 has been posted online, revealing further details of the incident involving a disruptive passenger.

According to a Sydney Morning Herald report, a male voice can be heard saying: "We have a passenger trying to enter the cockpit".

The Kuala Lumpur-bound flight from Melbourne was diverted back to Melbourne because of a "disruptive passenger" on Wednesday night.

The Australian daily reported that about three minutes

SEREMBAN - Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has agreed to allocate RM600,000 to upgrade Masjid Kariah Paroi Jaya.

Speaking after performing terawih prayer here tonight, Zahid said, besides improving the mosque’s facilities, the fund should also be used to expand religious programmes at the mosque.

“More religious classes and programmes should be conducted to enliven the mosque and attract more people to it. A mosque should be more than meets the eye.

“I hope the fund

PETALING JAYA - Flights in and out of Melbourne's Tullamarine Airport are currently suspended and incoming planes are being diverted as a result of the incident onboard Malaysian Airlines Flight MH128, which returned to the airport after takeoff.

In an e-mail exchange, the airport's head of communications Grant Smith said they are unable to confirm specific destinations for individual flights.

Several departing flights were also held on the ground at the airport, and incident response is

PETALING JAYA - A Malaysia Airlines flight from Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur was diverted back to Melbourne 20 minutes after take-off because of a disruptive passenger.

MH128, which took off from Tullamarine Airport at 11.11pm local time, was to arrive at Kuala Lumpur at 5.28am today.

A MAS statement yesterday said the flight turned back to Melbourne “after the captain was alerted by a cabin crew (member) of a passenger attempting to enter the cockpit”.

“Safety and security are of Malaysia

PUTRAJAYA - Muslims in Malaysia must reject all forms of extreme teachings which could lead to destruction such as animosity with each other or taking their own lives in the name of Islam, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Commenting on the suicide bombing incident in Manchester, England and clashes between Philippine security forces and militants in Marawi, Mindanao which involved Malaysians recently, he said among the pillars of Islamic teachings was to protect one's own life

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