KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia will continue accepting Syrian refugees as promised by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, despite the recent terror attack in Paris.
Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed said the government is carefully vetting the refugees’ backgrounds before allowing them into the country.
"There is always a danger in accepting refugees from Middle East. That is why we have been taking our time to filter who we want to take, preferably those with clear backgrounds,” he said after speaking to reporters at the Parliament lobby today.
He said the filtering process was all the more necessary now in the wake of the Paris attack, following reports alleging that one of the suspected terrorists had a Syrian passport.
However, Nur Jazlan said it should not be used as an excuse to generalise all Syrian refugees.