Asri says Perlis Islamic schools free from extremism

AMMAN: Perlis mufti Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin said Islamic teaching centres in the state are vetted by the police, adding that the state police chief is also part of the state’s Islamic Religious Council.

“I always ask the state police chief about the students at these learning centres, especially the foreigners.

“Only with police confirmation will we allow them,” Asri told Bernama today, in response to the arrests of eight men including seven foreigners by the Bukit Aman Special Branch Counter Terrorism Division last month.

Inspector-General of Police Mohamad Fuzi Harun was reported as saying that they were involved with an Islamic learning centre in Perlis, believed to be promoting extremist teachings.

Asri said the arrests did not mean Perlis was a hotbed for radical teachings.

“We have nothing to do with the issue as the people of Perlis are adopting the values of moderation.

“I want the police to conduct a transparent investigation as the heads of these centres have given their assurance that they will take action if there is a spread of radicalism or terrorism in their institutions,” he said during a trip to Jordan to accompany the Raja Muda of Perlis, Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail.