lecturers may be held for militant activities: report
Fri Mar 22nd, 2002 AFP
lecturers at local universities are expected to be arrested
by police over their alleged involvement in militant activities,
a report said today.
coming," deputy education minister Abdul Aziz Shamsuddin
was quoted as saying by the New Straits Times when asked whether
more university lecturers or students would be detained.
newspaper quoted Malaysia's police chief Norian Mai as saying
that investigations were ongoing to track down members of
the Malaysian Mujahidin Group (KMM).
says the KMM is a group of local Islamic militants trained
in Afghanistan to overthrow the government by force.
said police were trying to establish the real identities of
some 200 of them as many had used nicknames to escape arrest
and some may have left the country.
Dec 9 and Jan 24, more than 30 people including several lecturers
allegedly involved in the KMM had been detained without trial
under the Internal Security Act allowing for indefinite detention.
Aziz said the ministry was saddened with the involvement of
lecturers in anti-government activities.
government spent a substantial sum of money to enable them
to pursue their post-graduate studies overseas. They were
even allowed to take their family, paid for by the government,"
these people are ungrateful. After what the government has
done for them, they are going against the government simply
because they think they are right and the government is always
government knew who these lecturers were but they make-up
less than one percent of the country's 270,000 teachers, he