Police will continue to monitor released rehabilitated militants to ensure zero relapse cases nationwide, said Bukit Aman Special Branch director Mohamad Fuzi Mohd Harun.
Thus far, out of 240 detainees of Jemaah Islamiyah and al-Qaeda who were arrested between 2001 to 2011, five percent or 13 relapse cases were detected, in which the number involving those who returned to their antique or militancy activities while 95 percent had reintegrated to the mainstream society with some becoming prominent businessmen.
“Ninety-five percent is an excellent figure but we are looking at zero tolerance on the issue, the number (five percent) is negligible but we still need to monitor them. We are improving our module to ensure 100 percent of success in our rehabilitation programme,” he said during the plenary session of the International Conference on Deradicalisation and Countering Violent Extremism (IDC) 2016 in Kuala Lumpur today.
Mohamad Fuzi said apart from monitoring, 287 sessions of explanatory programmes which attracted 57,000 participants had been conducted nationwide by the police from mid-2014 to last year.
This, Mohamad Fuzi said was done to create awareness on the danger of Islamic State (IS) promoting self-proclaimed violent jihadism.
“Never before has the police been so active in engaging with the community,” he said.
Describing prevention as the ‘mother’ of all strategies in combating terrorism, he said police with the cooperation of multiple agencies would continue to conduct the upstream measures.
“These measures will perhaps ensure that the public will not be influenced by the rhetoric propaganda disseminated by IS which claims to uphold Islam and establish a true Islamic nation,” he said.