Ministries to cooperate to screen foreign students with terror links

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  • Sunday, 25 Dec 2016

BESUT: Two ministries and the Immigration Department will keep up with their cooperation to ensure that visas are not granted to foreign students who are linked to terrorist activities.

The ministries are the Higher Education Ministry and Home Ministry.

Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh said while his ministry would not issue visas to foreign students, the approval would be done by the Home Ministry and the Immigration Department.

“It is done at EMGS (Education Malaysia Global Services) in the presence of Immigration officers.

“We will continue to work with both parties, including tightening the conditions for granting of visas to curb terrorist activities among foreign students in this country,” he told reporters after the Environmental Sustainability Programme with the Community titled “Water Treatment Using Mud Ball” yesterday.

Last week, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar announced that two foreign students of the Al-Madinah International University in Shah Alam had been detained. They were among seven men arrested between Nov 3 and Dec 16 for alleged terrorist activities.

The students have been expelled and were reported to have been deported.

Idris said the ministry had enhanced the monitoring of Malaysian students overseas to ensure they were not involved in terrorist activities. He did not elaborate. — Bernama

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