Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah said the ministry took into consideration many factors to determine whether an organisation promoted terrorism, or otherwise. - NSTP/FARIZUL HAFIZ AWANG

KUANTAN: Wisma Putra is continuously monitoring organisations which allegedly support and promote terrorism activities around the world, and not just the Sri Lanka-based militant group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah said the ministry took into consideration many factors to determine whether an organisation promoted terrorism, or otherwise.

“We will evaluate (an organisation) based on the definition provided by foreign countries and international bodies.

“Sometimes, the definition is not accurate. For example, when we mention Israel, people would describe Hamas and Fatah as terrorist groups, but for us they are not.

“Some organisations were previously considered very radical, but not anymore today.

“Some no longer exist today, but they still have followers,” he said after launching the Diabetes Awareness Campaign at the Indera Mahkota 2 multipurpose hall, here, today.

On Thursday, the police arrested seven people, including two state assemblymen from Melaka and Negri Sembilan, for alleged links to the LTTE.

On the Pakatan Harapan (PH) presidential council’s stand on the arrest of the two assemblymen from DAP, Saifuddin, who is PH secretary-general, said there had been no discussions thus far.

“We will follow procedure (investigations). I believe the statement made by Lim Guan Eng (DAP secretary-general) is sufficient (on the arrest),” he added.