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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Malaysian teens as young as 16 being influenced by IS

SERDANG - Police are working together with public universities to monitor possible Islamic State (IS) elements among students.

Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim said IS would try to influence and mislead the youths into thinking that IS fights in the name of Islam.

The militants, he said, has exploited social media including blogs, Facebook, and Twitter as tools to connect with the youths.

"Police have identified a small number of university students who have shown interest in IS.

"Police, in collaboration with universities and religious authorities, would from time to time educate the students on the dangers of IS," said Noor Rashid during the 12th Police Volunteer Corps (Kor Suksis) appointment ceremony at Universiti Putra Malaysia, today.

Noor Rashid said the small number of youths in the country who have showed sympathy towards IS were as young as 16.

One of the signs, he said, is one's tendency to share and like the terror group's postings on Facebook.

"Our intelligence has suggested that youths who have a tendency to be influenced by IS are those who have social problems and family conflicts."

Meanwhile, during the ceremony, a total of 1,020 trainees from 19 public universities were appointed as members of Kor Suksis.

The students are from Universiti Putra Malaysia, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Universiti Malaya, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.

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