Ops Lalang was to prevent bloodshed, says ex-Special Branch chief


Amin Iskandar

Former Special Branch director Abdul Rahim Noor is unapologetic over the police role in Ops Lalang and the detention of 106 people deemed as a threat to national security. – The Malaysian Insight pic by Nazir Sufari, October 23, 2017.

THREE decades may have passed but former Special Branch director Abdul Rahim Noor is unrepentant: blood would have been shed if police did not go ahead with Ops Lalang and detain 106 people deemed as a threat to national security.

“We did not want another Memali bloodbath or another May 13 racial incident,” said Rahim of the police crackdown in 1987 which was widely condemned.


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