Some using 'aid workers' ploy to join militants

Some using 'aid workers' ploy to join militants

Kuala Lumpur - Some Malaysians intending to join militant groups are masquerading as aid workers with humanitarian non-governmental organisations (NGOs), said Malaysia's Deputy Home Minister, Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar.

"While we try our best to put a stop to Malaysians getting involved in terrorist and militant activities, it is hard to track and identify those who are going to join such groups because they disguise themselves as aid workers with humanitarian NGOs," Dr Wan Junaidi said in response to a question in Parliament yesterday.

Previously, Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the government was preparing to table a White Paper on Malaysians involved in extremist activities, such as joining the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Dr Wan Junaidi also said that police would continue monitoring those already suspected to be involved in acts of militancy.

"The police will arrest those suspected of terrorism who are still in Malaysia and take appropriate action.

"We will also continue programmes like seminars and forums in government agencies, public tertiary institutions and schools to create awareness and discourage people from joining terrorist or militant activities," he added.

It was previously reported that 167 Malaysians had been identified as being involved in militancy overseas since December 2001, of which 39 were with ISIS.

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