KUALA LUMPUR: The Home Ministry is working with intelligence agencies and Interpol to monitor the movements of Malaysians travelling via transit countries to Iraq and Syria.
Its minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said that the suspected militants were going through other countries like Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand before joining the extremist groups in the Middle East.
Ahmad Zahid was responding to a question if the Immigration Department would impose restrictions to Malaysians going to the Middle East namely Syria and Iraq.
“We are working with Interpol and our intelligence unit is monitoring these people because they don’t travel straight from Malaysia.
“On reports of Malaysian women involved in sexual jihad with ISIS, the Police Intelligence Unit is undertaking a thorough investigation on this matter.
“The government would like to stress that we don’t endorse the Islamic State (IS) militants of Syria and Iraq nor are we a hub for terrorism and a terrorist training centre,” Ahmad Zahid said, adding that the country’s stand against this matter was firm.
Ahmad Zahid was speaking to reporters after opening the 23rd Security Services Association Malaysia Annual General Meeting at Putra World Trade Centre early this morning.
It was reported that three Malaysian women have allegedly travelled to the Middle East as part of the sexual jihad or comfort women for ISIS fighters.