BEIRUT: Malaysian authorities will take firm steps against people who join Islamists fighting in Syria, according to media reports Monday.
Local media quoted Home Affairs Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi as saying: “Information is collected, and if they step foot in Malaysia we will definitely nab them and charge them,” adding that social media was being monitored.
Hamidi spoke after a meeting with the U.S. Ambassador to Malaysia Joseph Yun, the reports said.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on June 17, 2014, on page 8.