TAIPING, May 9 – The Counter Terrorism Division of the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) continues to hunt down fugitive militants hiding in this country. Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the hunt for the militants is to ensure that Malaysia does not become a training ground for militant groups. “Malaysia has never compromised whenit comes to militant activities. This (efforts to hunt terrorists) is done continuously,” he told reporters after visiting Kamunting Prison, here today.
He was commenting on the arrest of a Somalian suspected to be member of the Al-Shabab terrorist group, in a special police operation in Selangor yesterday. The 34 year-old man is also on the most wanted list of International Police (Interpol) for involvement in terrorist activities. Zahid said the member of Al-Shabab, active in Africa and the Middle East, was believed to have entered Malaysia using student passes and studied in a private college two years ago.
“We are hunting down several other individuals who are in hiding. Some of them are married to local women. They have not set up bases in this country but they share the ideology.” PDRM would conduct further investigation to ascertain whether the arrest was linked to 11 locals arrested on April 28 and their involvement with militant groups in Syria and southern Philippines. On the visit to Kamunting Prison, Zahid said that he would send a special note to the Cabinet on the success if turning it into an agro prison. Kamunting Prison is the first correctional centre in the Asean region to conduct farming activities and provide training to inmates.