Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian government Saturday
asked universities to tighten up screening procedure for the
recruitment of lecturers following reports that militants are
using campuses as recruitment centres.
Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said although
presently there was a screening method especially on the
lecturer`s backgrounds, it was time for this to be tightened.
"This must not just cover public institutions but also
"This is a worrying development, as initially, we
though it was only students. But now, with lecturers suspected
to be involved, this effects the country`s security," he said,
adding that the police must take stern action to curb this.
Muhyiddin said the police should have a special
briefing for all the vice-chancellors to give a clear picture
of the situation and enable them to be alert for suspicious
Some Hindu and Chinese temples in Malaysia, including
the famous Batu Caves shrine here, have decided to step up
security following reports of threats to blow up certain
Malaysian authorities recently found that the Jemaah
Islamiah (JI) terrorist group had been recruiting university
students to take part in jihad.
However, the country`s police chief has said the JI
operatives were not not linked to any political body in
Inspectorr-General of Police Musa Hassan noted that
Investigations have shown that JI operatives were working
independently to recruit Malaysian students to participate in
`jihad` (holy war) abroad.
Warning students not to follow the path of terror,
Musa asked students to cooperate with the police to stop the
recruitment drive by international terror organisations.
Musa said police had thwarted the group`s plot to bomb
two places of worship in the country some six months ago.
Police have so far nabbed 10 foreign JI members who
had been trying to recruit 20 university students.
The foreigners have been deported and jailed in their
JI is believed to be associated with the al-Qaeda
global terrorist organisation.
Prime Minister Najib Razak on Wednesday ordered the
police and the ministry to take immediate action to prevent
terror groups from spreading their influence here.
Malaysia`s 27 million popular comprises 60 per cent
Malays who are all Muslims, eight per cent ethnic Indians most
of whom are Hindus and 25 per cent ethnic Chinese who are
Christians, Buddhists and Taoists.