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University under close watch after two IS-linked students arrested

 | December 22, 2016

Umno Veterans Association says the Al-Madinah International University should be closed as it is a breeding ground for militants.

Mustapha-Yaakub

PUTRAJAYA: Education officials will meet the management of the Al-Madinah International University (Mediu) following the recent arrests of two students suspected of having links to the Islamic State (IS) terror network, The Malay Mail Online reported.

The meeting in Putrajaya later today comes amid calls from the Umno Veterans Association for Mediu, which was founded in 2006, to be shut down, citing that it is a breeding ground for militants.

MMO reported the meeting between the Ministry of Higher Education, Mediu management, the university’s student body and officials from the Selangor Islamic Religious Council (Mais), is to discuss the varsity’s curriculum and accreditation issues.

Mediu is reported to have an enrolment of 1,280 students from 43 countries with the majority of students from Nigeria, Bangladesh and Indonesia.

The university in Shah Alam was recently thrust into the spotlight after police announced that two of its students were arrested on suspicion of involvement with the IS and were planning an attack against an international school here. The two students were subsequently deported.

Umno Veterans Association secretary-general Mustapha Yaakub told MMO the Mediu in Shah Alam is not a branch of the famous Islamic University of al-Madinah al-Munawarah in Medina, but a private institution breeding militants.

“The arrests prove Mediu is a nest of dangerous IS agents,” Mustapha told MMO.

Police nationwide are on high alert following the attack early this week at a Berlin Christmas market which saw 12 shoppers killed and scores injured after a lone assailant drove a truck into the crowd. IS claimed responsibility for the incident.

Closer to home, Indonesian police announced they had foiled plans by a IS-linked group for a Christmas suicide bombing after they killed three suspected militants on Tuesday and discovered a cache of bombs.

Following these two incidents, Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) said it has taken immediate steps to further strengthen security measures at the airports while malls, clubs and hotels in the country are taking their own steps to improve security to complement efforts made by the police.


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