KOTA KINABALU – The Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said that the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) is exploring the possibility of undergoing courses in University Malaysia Sabah (UMS).
He stated that the courses are aimed at providing counselling to Malaysians who has been misled in joining the Islamic State in the war in Syria and Iraq.
“Some of our young Malaysians are being influenced by IS and it is important for policemen to be equipped with the right skills like counselling to help rehabilitate them,” he said to reporters after the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between UMS and PDRM.
Khalid explained that the policemen will undergo courses in aspects of psychology and counselling that could assist in rehabilitating those influenced by the war.
“We don’t want these young Malaysians to be misled and influenced by these foreign fighters going to Syria and Iraq,” he said.
Khalid said that threats of IS influence in universities were minimal and police and the universities were keeping a close watch on militant activities.
“Of course we have the upper hand. We need to take action on those who are easily influenced by these threats,” he added. – By Fizah Yusof/SayangSabah