The Kamunting Detention Centre in Taiping is to have a special centre to rehabilitate and de-radicalise terrorists, NST Online reported.

It quoted Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi as saying modifications were being carried out at the centre to allow this de-radicalisation programme to be carried out.

“Concerns were raised over all those arrested for terrorism being sent there. I assure all this will not affect Taiping residents,” Zahid told reporters after an event in Hutan Melintang.

Zahid, who is also home minister, said any terrorist or member of a militant group deemed “very dangerous” would be placed at other prisons and not at the Taiping detention centre.

“I have received the objection letter from Taiping MP (Nga Kor Ming), who was concerned over possible terror incidents occurring at the camp,” Bernama quoted him as saying.

Zahid said police were also monitoring prisoners and wardens for terrorism elements.

It was earlier reported that two former prisoners of Tapah prison had been found active in recruiting members to terror groups while serving time under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma).

They were planning to create social unrest by attacking places of worship.

Seven wardens from various prisons nationwide had also been identified as being involved in terror recruitment activities. They are currently undergoing rehabilitation under the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2015 (Pota).

Zahid said the recruiting of prisoners for terrorism was only detected at Tapah Prison.

“The matter was resolved by separating the prisoners involved in such activities in different cells so that the deradicalisation process could be carried out and prevent them from influencing other prisoners or prison officers.”

Zahid said the deradicalisation programme implemented by the home ministry on 15,000 detainees in the country since 1948 had seen 97.5% of them rehabilitated so far.

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