249 nabbed for recruiting potential terrorists on social media
Government also reveals that 19 suspects are undergoing a deradicalisation programme.DEWAN RAKYAT
Deputy Home Minister Masir Kujat says the majority of these individuals recruited members through Facebook.
KUALA LUMPUR: Authorities have arrested a total of 249 locals and foreigners suspected of recruiting members for terrorism via social media, the government revealed today.
Deputy Home Minister Masir Kujat said 240 had recruited members via Facebook, eight through Twitter and one through Instagram.
âSome 3,871 Facebook accounts were also monitored with 800 accounts blocked. On Twitter, 76 individuals were monitored and nine accounts blocked while on Instagram, 72 individuals are being monitored,â he told the Dewan Rakyat here today.
He was repl ying to a supplementary question from Shabudin Yahaya (BN-Tasek Gelugor) on the governmentâs efforts to curb the spread of terrorism on social media.
When replying Shabudinâs original question earlier, Masir said to date, 19 individuals including a foreigner were undergoing a deradicalisation programme under the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2015 (Pota).
The deradicalisation programme is based on a module that covers several aspects including religion, psychology, family and moral values.
âThe success of this programme will soon be seen as the released prisoners will return to the community and be no longer involved with terrorism,â he said.
To ensure the success of the programme, he said, the module was constantly reviewed and improved with cooperation with international parties through conferences and meetings to raise awareness and curb terrorism.
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