MALAYSIANS swayed by the Islamic State’s ideology and trying to head to Syria to join the militants are increasingly eyeing Brunei Darussalam as their transit point, as the Malaysian caught Wednesday at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) was also planning to get married in Brunei before flying to Syria via Turkey.
A former trainer with the National Service Programme in Kuantan, PKLN, was detained following suspicion that he was opening a new route for locals to join the Islamic State militants in Syria, Bernama reported.
Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said the man, aged 30, and hailing from Terengganu, was detained at the KLIA.
“Police believe he was opening a new path for locals to go to Syria by making Brunei as a transit point.
“The suspect also planned to marry a Malaysian national working as a teacher and residing in Brunei before flying off to Syria,” said Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.
He added the suspect was influenced to join the militants in Syria after interacting through Facebook with some Malaysian nationals who have already been detained.
The suspect also made contact with Md Lotfi Mohd Ariffin, a Malaysian national who was killed in Syria on September 14, to get some guidance on entering Syria through Turkey, said Tan Sri Khalid.
With the new arrest, the police have so far detained 49 locals trying to join the IS militants.
Tan Sri Khalid said a detailed investigation would be conducted on the detained former trainer.
The suspect was alone at the KLIA when he was detained by Bukit Aman Special Branch Counter Terrorism Division.
Tan Sri Khalid said the investigation would also look into all former (PKLN) trainers to find out if the suspect had influenced any of them.
On October 5, A Malaysian woman, Ummi Khalsom Bahok, 25, an assistant credit controller, was accused of trying to board an AirAsia flight from Kuala Lumpur to Brunei and then fly on to Istanbul in Turkey to get married to Aqif Huessin Rahaiza, a member of IS.