137 lo­cal IS mil­i­tants held

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

KUALA LUMPUR: Se­cu­rity forces have ap­pre­hended 137 Malaysians who were in­volved with the Is­lamic State mil­i­tant group, said Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi.

Those ar­rested were ei­ther plan­ning to leave the coun­try or re­turn as well as those who funded the group, he added.

“Ac­tion has been taken by the Home Min­istry through the po­lice, es­pe­cially the counter-ter­ror­ism unit, with the co­op­er­a­tion of international in­tel­li­gence agen­cies,” Ah­mad Zahid, who is also Home Min­is­ter, told a press con­fer­ence at Par­lia­ment lobby yes­ter­day.

De­fence Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Hisham­mud­din Hus­sein warned on Mon­day that some IS fight­ers might be re­turn­ing to their home coun­tries if the cur­rent Mo­sul of­fen­sive by coali­tion forces in Iraq proves suc­cess­ful.

Ah­mad Zahid said the gov­ern­ment has pre­pared a list of those sus­pected of be­ing in­volved in IS ac­tiv­i­ties.

“We ex­change in­tel­li­gence in­for­ma­tion with other international agen­cies. I am as­sur­ing Malaysians that our agen­cies are pre­pared (in fac­ing the sit­u­a­tion) at air­ports and bor­ders,” he added.

He said Malaysia’s se­cu­rity agen­cies were al­ways mon­i­tor­ing the na­tion’s en­try points.Ah­mad Zahid also said Umno will leave it to Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Ab­dul Razak on whether the party should sup­port PAS pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Ab­dul Hadi Awang’s bill to amend Act 355.

The syariah courts (Crim­i­nal Ju­ris­dic­tion) (Amend­ment) Bill 2016 is one of the items to be de­bated as per the Par­lia­ment Or­der Paper.

He said it was within the Speaker’s ju­ris­dic­tion to de­cide on the bill’s tabling.

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