Malaysia will not be a haven for terrorists: Minister

Malaysia today said it was committed towards combating terrorism and the country will not be a "haven" for militants.

Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia today said it was committed towards combating terrorism and the country will not be a "haven" for militants.

"We are committed towards combating terrorism and using existing laws to do so. The country will not be a haven for terrorists or militants," said Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

He said Malaysia would not be used as a base or transit point for terrorists.

The country is put on a high alert following the expected release of about 350 former Jemaah Islamiah (JI) members from prisons in Indonesia.

"The police are working with their Indonesian counterparts to secure the full list of prisoners released. We will remain vigilant in the matter," Hamidi was quoted as saying by the Star newspaper.

The minister's comment came in the wake of Malaysian JI bomb expert Taufik Abdul Halim, 39, who would be sent back to Malaysia after being jailed in Indonesia for 12 years.

Taufik is the brother-in-law of FBI's most wanted terrorist Zulkifli Abdul Khir.

"Action will be taken against him if he has committed any criminal offences in Malaysia. The police will keep close tabs on him," Hamidi said. 

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