Deputy Home Minister Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said regardless of religion and race, anyone involved in terrorist activities would be subjected to the law.
“The bill itself does not mention the IS. It only states that any kind of terrorism, regardless of whether it is IS, religion or race. As long as it is terrorism, then it is subject to this law,” he said when winding up the debate on the bill in the Senate here Thursday night.
He said nobody would be arrested and detained just because of his political activities.
However, Wan Junaidi said, politicians or political parties were not exempted from action under this law if it was proven they were supporting or gave any kind of aid for terrorist activities.
“The purpose (of the Bill) is to avoid what happened to the ISA (Internal Security Act) which was said to have been been misused on politicians.
“So, to prevent this from happening, political acts, political moves and whatever else in politics do not not come under this law,” he said.
Wan Junaidi also denied that only those with Islamic studies qualifications joined the militant IS group.
“Based on the 93 arrests in Malaysia, there is no clear indication that only those with Islamic studies qualifications are involved with the IS.
“There are housewives, mechanics, architects. This means anyone could be involved,” he said.
The ministry would continue to collaborate with the Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) and the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim) to increase awareness so that the IS did not spread here.
The bill was formulated to prevent actions or support for terrorism activities involving terrorist groups from other countries and to curb the involvement of people in these activities.
It would also ensure no individuals escaped the law if they were involved in terrorism activities and also to ensure the people and peace was not threatened by any militant group.
The bill was later passed. The Technologists and Technicians Bill 2014 was also passed.
The Senate sitting was adjourned to Monday.– BERNAMA