MIRI - Three more Malaysians have been identified as potential militants and are being monitored by the authorities.
Deputy Home Minister Datuk Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said authorities had already obtained the personal particulars of these youths.
"Their every move is very closely monitored by the ministry and the police. We know their names, what they are doing, where they are now and we have identified them as potential militant threats.
"They have not committed any crime in Malaysia yet. Investigations are ongoing and both the ministry and police will act when the time is right," he said during a Hari Raya gathering organised by the Piasau branch of Parti Pesaka Bumiputra Bersatu in Miri City on Friday.
Authorities, he added, were waiting to gather enough evidence to arrest them.
Wan Junaidi, who is also Santubong MP, said the issue of Malaysian militants was becoming a concern for the Government because it was giving the country a bad reputation.
Although Malaysia was not facing any threat from such militant groups, these youths, he said, were going overseas to fight for what they considered to be "jihad".
"There are some young Malaysians who get military training so that they can fight jihad wars in the Middle East when in fact, they do not even understand what is right and what is wrong. They do not know the real meaning of jihad and yet, they go to places like Syria and take part in uprisings to overthrow the governments there," he said.
Wan Junaidi also denied claims that Putrajaya might become a target for militant attacks.