Malaysian immigration dept issues warning to IS sympathisers

Malaysian immigration dept issues warning to IS sympathisers

SEPANG - Immigration Department director general Datuk Mustafa Ibrahim has issued a stern warning to Malaysians with suspected links to the Islamic State (IS), saying that the department is closely monitoring their movements at the country's entry and exit.

Speaking to reporters at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) on Thursday, Mustafa said the immigration department is collaborating with the police to ensure that Malaysians suspected to be involved in militant activities will be rightly punished.

He added that the department will not revoke the passports of Malaysian IS sympathisers, but that their names will be blacklisted to prevent them from freely entering or leaving the country.

"Immigration officers at legal entry and exit points will be informed if those blacklisted attempt to enter or leave Malaysia.

"We will arrest them there and then with the help of police and security personnel," he explained.

When asked about the number of Malaysians blacklisted for suspected IS links, Mustafa declined to comment, saying only that it was "not serious."

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