Foreigners pursuing religious studies in Perlis to undergo screening

Perlis police chief Noor Mushar Mohamed visiting the construction site of the new Perlis police contingent headquarters. (Facebook pic)

KANGAR: Foreign students applying to pursue religious studies in Perlis will be screened, said state police chief Noor Mushar Mohamed.

He said the decision was made following the arrest of foreign students at an Islamic religious centre recently. Many of the students were found to have entered the country on tourist visas.

Noor Mushar said this made it difficult to detect the intention of those studying at the religious centre.

He said this after visiting the construction site of the new Perlis police contingent headquarters, along with Deputy Home Minister Mohd Azis Jamman.

Noor Mushar also revealed that operations at the Islamic institution in Bukit Jerneh, Kangar, had been temporarily suspended by police to facilitate the screening of students there, comprising of 119 foreigners and 25 locals.

On Sept 24, Bukit Aman Counter Terrorism Division detained eight people for alleged terrorist activities. Six of them were students at the religious institution in Perlis.