Malaysia has cancelled the passports of 68 citizens who allegedly travelled abroad to support Islamic State, a senior official said Sunday.
All of the Islamic State supporters whose passports have been cancelled have either gone to Syria or Iraq to support Islamic State militants, according to Home Affairs Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
Their passports were cancelled two weeks ago, he said in a speech at an event of the ruling United Malays National Organization (UMNO) on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur. "We disown them and we do not want to recognize them as Malaysians," he said.
Ahmad Zahid said that if any of these citizens return to Malaysia, the will face legal action.
The predominantly Islamic South-East Asian state has been unrelenting in its crackdown against citizens supporting Islamic State militants, both within and outside the country.
More than 200 Malaysians have been arrested by anti-terrorist police on suspicion of Islamic State-related activities since early 2013, according to police records.
Last month, eight people were injured in a grenade attack on a bar in Petaling Jaya just outside Kuala Lumpur in the first confirmed Islamic State-related attack in Malaysia.
Saturday, August 13, 2016 - 09:26