Zahid: 95 Malaysians detained over alleged links with Islamic State

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  • Thursday, 16 Apr 2015

SERDANG: Ninety-five Malaysians have been detained for suspected involvement with the Islamic State (IS), said Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

He said the figure had increased from 93 when the Prevention of Terrorism Bill 2015 (POTA) was tabled, to 95. 

He said police were monitoring individuals or groups that may be involved or have connections with the IS through social media or other avenues. 

"We send out our intelligence team to monitor their activities ... we cannot simply arrest them without investigating," he told reporters after attending the Ministry's 2014 Excellent Service Awards, Thursday. 

The Excellent Service awards were presented to 395 staff members of departments and agencies under the ministry. 

Also present were Deputy Home Minister Datuk Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar and Datuk Alwi Ibrahim, who is the ministry's secretary-general. 

Zahid added that the Interpol Global Complex for Innovation Inauguration based in Singapore would enhance its cooperation with Asia and assist Aseanapol to combat cyber crime in the region. 

He said cyber crime was a new challenge faced by police in Malaysia and other countries in the region as criminals have moved on from the analog system to advanced digital systems. - BERNAMA


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