Malaysia warns against reading of publication linked to ISIS

BAGAN DATOH (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Malaysian Police's Special Branch is monitoring activities related to the Malay-language edition of a newspaper believed to be published by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said action would be taken against those who view or download articles from the publication via the Internet.

"We have acts or regulations that could be used to take action against those who surf or print the materials,'' said Datuk Seri Zahid.

 

"The police also have a special unit to monitor these activities and communications through internal and external networks," he said at the Hilir Perak district-level Teachers' Day celebration at SM Sains Bagan Datoh on Tuesday (July 12).

Dr Zahid said the police have not received a hard copy of the newspaper but they have surfed the online version of the newspaper.

"We know its intention is to get support from sympathisers, especially those who know Bahasa Malaysia.

"About 90 per cent of IS' propaganda uses the social media," he said.

"They know the Gen Y can be influenced through the latest technology," he added.