Malaysian university students are being exposed to radical ideology — including Islamist extremism and Tamil separatism, Malaysian Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said.
He added that militants seeking to recruit from schools included Islamist groups, Sikh militants and Sri Lanka-based LTTE.
Authorities, with help from foreign and local intelligence reports, were monitoring those who sought to spread militant ideas on campuses and elsewhere, the Malaysian Home Minister was quoted as saying.
“It is under control as it does not affect the country’s security nor pose an immediate threat, although we cannot be nonchalant about it,” the New Straits Times daily quoted him as saying.
An aide, who declined to be named citing protocol, confirmed the comments.
“If (certain ideologies) create fear about militancy or violence, then we will take action without hesitation,” official news agency Bernama quoted him as saying.
Malaysia arrested more than a dozen people last year on allegations they were involved in terrorist activities. Those held included a Syrian university lecturer and a Malaysian suspected of trying to recruit students.
All were arrested under a strict security law that allows for detention without trial. Most of the foreigners have been deported, AP reported.