TAIPING - Malaysia is not a training base for militants, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said.
Even though there have been efforts to recruit local youths to become militants, he said they were not being trained locally.
"We have never said there are militant training bases in the country. There is no such thing," he told reporters yesterday after the passing out ceremony of VAT 69 commandos at Ladang Allargar in Sungai Nyior, Trong, about 40km from here.
According to Khalid, police were working with various quarters, including ulama (religious scholars) to counter the problem of Malaysians, especially the young, joining terror groups.
"Our youth have to be more cautious of people who try to convince them into becoming terrorists. These militants will try to brainwash our young into thinking that they are guaranteed a place in heaven if they became militants," he said.
It was previously reported that police had identified several websites, blogs and social media sites used to recruit members in the jihadist movements in Syria.
On a recent claim by Syria's permanent representative to the United Nations that at least 15 Malaysians fighting alongside jihadist groups had been killed, Khalid said Malaysian police were working with Interpol to determine if the information is correct.
At another function in Kuala Lumpur, Khalid said police were still trying to verify if those who appeared as militants in a video purportedly made in Syria were actually Malaysians.
"We are still trying to identify them but so far we have not been able to identify them as Malaysians. If there are Malaysians there, we want them to come back. This is their country," he said.