KUCHING: The much talked about Prevention of Terrorism Bill will be ready for tabling in Parliament next month, says Deputy Home Minister Datuk Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar.
He said the law was crucial to curb the influence of terrorists because existing provisions mostly dealt with matters after the fact.
"They are influencing the youth, our children. They use multiple approaches.
They go to universities, to schools. This is a big challenge for the Government," Junaidi said on Thursday when commenting on the recent detention of a 14-year-old girl suspected of trying to join Islamic State (IS).
The girl from Muar was arrested under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act on Tuesday before she could board a Cairo-bound flight at KL International Airport.
Junaidi said terror groups used social media and back-to-basics methods to peddle their influence from inside and outside Malaysia.
"If a teacher is influenced, then the teacher can influence other people's children, which is why the police are stepping up their intelligence data collection.
"Preventive laws are needed so that we can take action even before acts are committed ."
Junaidi said terror groups that misused Islam as a political tool were a threat to all Malaysians - not just Muslims. He was speaking to reporters at the Chinese New Year open house of Sarawak United People's Party in Kuching.
Parent Action Group for Education Malaysia (PAGE) president Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim called on not just parents but schools and institutions of higher learning to explain to students that IS activities were contrary to Islamic teachings, reports Bernama.
Noor Azimah added that sponsors of Malaysian students at universities in Egypt and Yemen should also monitor them, especially their off-campus activities, to prevent them from being influenced by IS.