KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 14 – The government is constantly watching out for militant ideologies and extremism in the country, stressed Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. The Prime Minister said this included on those involved in militant activities in Syria and Iraq and also the Islamic State (IS). “And as we know, arrests have been made, it shows how serious we are about this matter.
“We will not hesitate to act firmly and on a continuous basis,” he told a press conference after chairing an Umno Supreme Council meeting at the Putra World Trade Centre here Tuesdday. Najib, who is also Umno president, said this when asked whether Malaysians should take precautions about their safety following the arrests of Malaysians alleged to be involved in militant activities.
He stressed that the close monitoring on militancy and extremism did not mean the risk of violence in the country was high. “No… but we must be constantly vigilant and the Royal Malaysia Police are doing this,” he said. It has been reported that some Malaysians have joined militant groups like the IS, Al Nusra Frongt and Ajnad Al Sham in Syria and were attempting to recruit more followers by using Quranic verses to entice them.
It is said so far 22 Malaysians including three women have been detected to be with militant groups in Syria. Twenty-three others have been detained in the country for alleged links with these groups.