KOTA KINABALU - Policemen will attend counselling courses to learn how to rehabilitate misled young Malaysian fighters returning home from Syria and Iraq.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said the police force was looking at a tie-up with local universities to train their men in aspects of psychology and counselling to help young Malaysians influenced by extremist groups like the Islamic State (IS).
“Some of our young Malaysians are being influenced by the IS cause and it is important for policemen to be equipped with the right skills to help them rehabilitate,” he said here yesterday after the signing of a memorandum of understanding to carry out research on security issues, particularly in the Eastern Sabah Security Zone, between Universiti Malaysia Sabah and the police.
Khalid said although threats of IS influence in universities were minimal, both police and the universities were keeping a close watch.
Touching on Sabah’s east coast security, Khalid said the cross-border threats from kidnap-for-ransom groups and also the Royal Sulu Force (RSF) were still prevalent, and as such, the sea curfew was still needed to maintain security.
He said Malaysian police were continuing to work with their Philippine counterparts in overcoming the problems posed by cross-border criminal elements while also gathering intelligence on their movements.
On RSF members who were still within Sabah following a series of arrests as well as the shooting deaths of two senior RSF members in Penampang last month, Khalid said police were still monitoring the movements of certain people.