Two people including a 28-year-old housewife were detained on suspicion of joining Islamic State (IS) militant group, in Syria, at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) recently.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar in a statement today said the duo were nabbed by the Special Branchâ€™s Counter-Terrorism Division in separate operations on March 7 and 19 respectively.
â€œThe first arrest involved a housewife from Kedah who was planning to go to Syria via a neighbouring country before we arrested her at the KLIA.
â€œThe second arrest involves a civil servant from Sabah who left service since December 2012 and sneaked into a neighbouring country on February this year, to join the militant group before he left to Syria,â€ he said.
Khalid said the suspect was hauled up after he tried to enter Malaysia by using a genuine passport of another country which he obtained illegally.
â€œWe believe that the suspect went back into the country to recruit several individuals to join IS in Syria.
â€œOur preliminary investigation also revealed that he has a connection with another Malaysian who went into Syria,â€ he said.
He said the duo were suspected of offences relating to violence under the Penal Code and would be investigated under the provisions of the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012.-NST