Attempt by JI to recruit studnets, DPM leaves investigation to police

The Deputy Prime Minister, Tan Sri Dato’ Muhyiddin Yassin said that further investigations regarding the issue of members of the Jemaah Islamiah (JI) recruiting local teenagers and university students will be handled fully by the police. He said that he has been given to understand that a special meeting to discuss this matter will be held soon.

He added that several high-ranking leaders, including the Inspector General of Police, Tan Sri Musa Hassan, the Minister of Higher Education, Datuk Seri Khaled Nordin, and the Vice-Chancellors of all the Public and Private Institutions of Higher Learning will be attending the meeting.

“There will be a special briefing at this meeting and it will cover the discussion on the form of collaboration that can be taken by all parties to curb this problem which can jeopardize national security. This is a serious matter and cannot be taken lightly. So we will leave it to the police who are entrusted to safeguard the nation to carry out a thorough investigation,” he said.

He said this at a press conference after launching the International Student Conference 2010 organised by St George's Girl School (SGGS) at Dewan Budaya, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) here, today.

Also present at the function were Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Tan Sri Dato’ Koh Tsu Koon, USM Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Tan Sri Dato’ Dzulkifli Abdul Razak, Director of the State Education Deparment, Ibrahim Mohamad and the Principal of SGGS, Shariffah Afifah Syed Abbas.

Yesterday, Musa revealed that since early this year, the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) had arrested 10 members of the JI who were trying to revive their struggle by recruiting local teenagers and university students.

Musa said that all of them were from different groups ad were arrested under the Internal Security Act (ISA) early this year because they were suspected of having ties with an international terrorist group.

Meanwhile, in his speech, Muhyiddin said the conference organized by SGGS was in line with the aim of producing a generation that was visionary, dynamic and which could propel the nation forward in the future.

He said that early exposure for students to interact and discuss in the international arena while still at school is the best way to instill awareness on global issues that were more challenging.

“We are now in a technologically advanced era where our young students need to be observed and monitored but they also have the right to refine and enhace their communication skills, learning styles and their social space. Our teenagers have greater exposure to all manner of things, including those that touch on ideas and opinions. The rapid development of ICT and other mediums like Facebook, etc. add on to their exposure,” he explained.

Published: 28 Jun 2010

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