M'sia unis fight ISIS influence

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Malaysia's public universities have taken measures to prevent students from falling under the influence of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Universiti Malaya (UM) vice-chancellor Professor Mohd Amin Jalaludin said one measure was to monitor students' social media accounts.

"The Student Affairs Division will monitor students' Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts through the Special Extremist Activities and Religious Extremists Monitoring Committee," The Star quoted him as telling Bernama.

The names of those suspected to be involved in ISIS activities will be submitted to the police.

He said UM also educates its students on the threats posed by ISIS militant activities.

Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) vice-chancellor Professor Mohamed Mustafa Ishak said UUM was also conducting a programme on ISIS threats and dangers. He said the university would not compromise in its fight against the influence of ISIS on students, The Star reported.

"The police will be notified if any of our students are found to be involved in militant activities," he said.

National Defence University of Malaysia deputy vice-chancellorProfessor Mohamed Fadzil Che Din said priority was given to building up patriotism at the military university.

"We also monitor the students, and if we find an inclination towards militant activities among them, we will provide them with counselling and carry out an investigation before referring them to the police."