KUALA LUMPUR: Of 162 militant inmates, 160 have been successfully rehabilitated, the Prisons Department said.
Director of Management of Prisoners Datuk Jamaludin Saad said the two remaining inmates were hardcore figures of two militant groups and they were still undergoing the deradicalisation programme.
Jamaludin said the two were Yazid Sufaat, a member of Jemaah Islamiyah who was arrested in 2001, and Abdul Murad Sudin, a trader from Teluk Intan, Perak, detained in 2002 because of his involvement in Kumpulan Militan Malaysia.
“They used to be leaders (of their respective groups). That is why their thinking has been crystalised by militant ideologies,” he said when presenting a paper on ‘Malaysia’s Experience on Deradicalisation and Rehabilitation’ at the International Conference on Deradicalisation and Countering Violence Extremism 2016 here Tuesday.
He said a special rehabilitation programme had been tailor-made to neutralise these two to reintegrate them into the community.
Jamaludin said the department segregated hardcore inmates from “light radical” inmates to prevent them from sharing their “twisted beliefs”.
“Putting them together in one rehabilitation centre would make vulnerable the deradicalisation process,” he said.
He said Malaysia had built nine rehabilitation centres around the country for detained militants, including the Kamunting Rehabilitation Centre in Perak.