PUTRAJAYA, May 27 â€“ Mas Selamat Kastari will not be handed over to Singapore and will continue to be detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA) because he is considered a security threat to Malaysia as well, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said today.
The Jemaah Islamiah (JI) leader had escaped from detention in Singapore but was arrested in Johor Baru on April 1.
Although he was a fugitive from across the Causeway, Malaysia has decided to detain him instead of handing him over to Singapore.
Datuk Seri Najib Razak said the decision to detain the 48-year-old militant was made by the Home Ministry.
He stressed the decision was not discussed with Singapore although authorities on both sides of the Causeway were in close contact with each other.
“He was a threat to both Singapore and Malaysia.”
On a separate issue Najib said Chin Peng would not be allowed to return to Malaysia.
The secretary-general of the now disbanded Communist Party of Malaya (CPM) has been living in exile since the end of hostilities in 1989.
Najib said that allowing Chin Peng to return would cause unhappiness among the families of victims who were killed during the Emergency.
Source : The Malaysian Insider