Police: Islamic State followers among immigrants pose threat

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PETALING JAYA: Local authorities have a new headache besides having to deal with locals linked to the Islamic State (IS) militant group.

It is likely that there are many IS supporters among the millions of immigrants who have entered the country illegally, The News Straits Times (NST) reported today.

Federal police Special Branch Counter-Terrorism Division (SB-CTD) principal assistant director Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said unless the authorities know exactly where and who these illegals are, there is no way to monitor their movements.

“We have been monitoring IS followers and even arrested many for not only wanting to carry out IS instructions to launch attacks, but also for funding and supporting the terror group.

“But, the problem starts when we do not even know who we should be monitoring, or where they are,” Ayob was quoted as saying by the daily.

He attributed the source of such problems to the existence of many short cuts and access roads into the country at the borders.

“The fact is, many propaganda materials are in the hands of local supporters. However, we could be dealing with another set of problems if we do not get a grip on the many illegals who are here,” Ayob said, according to NST.

He cited the case in Singapore in which a Bangladesh man who had gone to work there was caught for planning a terror attack.

According to Ayob, the Malaysian police are collaborating with their counterparts from neighbouring countries to stem the tide of terrorism here.