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Wednesday June 16, 2010

Militant recruitment of students monitored

GEORGE TOWN: The Inspector-General of Police will meet vice-chancellors of
public and private universities to curb any rise in extremism among students
in higher education institutions.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said he was informed that the
IGP would give a detailed briefing to the vice-chancellors during the
meeting, which is expected to be held soon.

"This is a matter that cannot be treated lightly. I am sure the police has
sufficient information and evidence on the movement of this group among
students ... and we don't want this to affect national security," he said
after opening a four-day St George's Girls School International Students
Conference at Universiti Sains Malaysia yesterday.

Muhyiddin was commenting on a news report in a Malay daily yesterday which
reported that foreign members of the militant group Jemaah Islamiah (JI)
were on a recruitment drive of Malaysian students.

In Johor Baru, Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin
said the ministry was seriously looking into the matter as no students
should be involved with terrorist groups.

"Serious action will be taken against any students who are involved. It is
first and foremost in violation of the University Act, which prohibits
students from joining in illegal activities," he said.

Meanwhile, Bernama reported that the Home Ministry had confirmed the
presence of Islamic and non-Islamic militant groups as well as those
promoting the political ideology of their country of origin.

Its minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said intelligence work
found that these groups were also using Malaysia for their financial
transactions and exchange of information.


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