Malaysia's police keeping close watch on university students who may have been radicalised by ISIS

Policemen on duty at  KL Sentral and NU Sentral in Kuala Lumpur.
Policemen on duty at KL Sentral and NU Sentral in Kuala Lumpur.PHOTO: THE STAR

SERDANG (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The Malaysian police are keeping a close watch on university students who may have been influenced by ideology of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) ideology, says Deputy Inspector-General of Police Noor Rashid Ibrahim.

He said this was important because ISIS mainly targeted youths and university students to recruit. "We have even arrested people as young as 16 years old and other students over alleged links," he said at a press conference at University Putra Malaysia on Sunday (Aug 21).

"Even some of them who just happened to 'like' a sympathetic post about ISIS on social media are watched," he warned.

Tan Sri Noor Rashid said although the number of those influenced were not many, there were still a few who are linked to the terrorist group.

On the ongoing Ops Cantas 2, Mr Noor Rashid said the police had so far seized about 10 pistols and have had various successes in cracking down organised crime.

"We will continue to step up efforts in fighting this issue," he said.

Mr Noor Rashid was speaking after attending the graduation ceremony of the 12th annual public universities' Police Undergraduate Voluntary Corp (Kor Suksis), which saw a total of 1,051 graduates.

"Kor Suksis members who have completed their three-year officer training programme will be given priority during next year's recruitment for inspectors," he said.