Malaysia says Singaporean helped Philippine rebels

Malaysian police say they have arrested a Singaporean businessman suspected of channeling funds to southern Philippine militants.

National police Chief Ismail Omar says Abdul Majid Kunji Mohamad was arrested under a law that allows indefinite detention without trial of people regarded as security threats.

Ismail said Monday the man is believed to have provided funds and logistical assistance to militants in the southern Philippines. He did not elaborate.

The southern Philippines is home to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, which has fought for Muslim self rule but is in negotiations with the government. Other insurgents include the Abu Sayyaf group that is notorious for kidnappings and Indonesian militants linked to regional terror network Jemaah Islamiyah.