Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has reminded Muslims against tarnishing the purity of the religion and good image of the country by joining militant movements.
He said the government would not hesitate to take stringent action against those in the country who were active in militant movements such as Islamic State (IS).
“Although the Internal Security Act is no more, we have numerous other Acts, which are capable of preventing such things from happening.
“Those who were influenced, actually don’t have a religious foundation and as such, they join the militant movements,” Zahid said when delivering a brief religious caution after performing Tarawih and Isyak prayers at the state mosque in Arau, Perlis, last night.
Also present were Menteri Besar Azlan Man, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Shahidan Kassim and almost 1,000 worshippers.
Zahid said 36 Malaysians were killed after joining the IS in several countries, according to the latest figure.