Another teacher de­tained for al­legedly fund­ing Is­lamic State

New Straits Times - - News - DATUK ABU BAKAR AHMAD

ALOR STAR: A pri­mary school teacher in Kulim has be­come the sec­ond teacher in the south­ern Kedah district to be de­tained for sus­pected in­volve­ment in pro­vid­ing sup­port for Is­lamic State (IS) mil­i­tant ac­tiv­i­ties.

Ini­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­vealed that the teacher, in his 30s, had al­legedly been fund­ing the IS mil­i­tant group over the past two years.

Kedah po­lice Spe­cial Branch head Datuk Abu Bakar Ahmad said the teacher was picked up last month af­ter a year-long in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

He de­scribed the teacher, who is mar­ried with chil­dren, as prob­lem­atic, but did not elab­o­rate on the na­ture of the prob­lems.

“We found that he had been pro­vid­ing fi­nan­cial sup­port to IS mil­i­tants via so­cial me­dia for the past two years.

“The teacher is be­ing de­tained un­der the Se­cu­rity Of­fences (Spe­cial Mea­sures) Act 2012 (Sosma).

“We have yet to charge him in court as the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing,” Abu Bakar said yes­ter­day.

Ear­lier yes­ter­day, Abu said the teacher was among the 35 peo­ple de­tained in Kedah for sus­pected of in­volve­ment and sup­port­ing mil­i­tants ac­tiv­i­ties since 2013.

He said two po­lice­men were also de­tained dur­ing the pe­riod but one of them had been re­leased af­ter an in­ves­ti­ga­tion was car­ried out while another had been pros­e­cuted.

Abu, who vis­ited the Kota Se­tar district po­lice head­quar­ters yes­ter­day prior to his re­tire­ment next month, said po­lice would tighten se­cu­rity at the Bukit Kayu Hi­tam-Thai­land bor­der to curb the smug­gling of firearms.

Seven months ago, a 30-year-old coun­sel­lor who was work­ing at a pri­mary school in Kulim was charged with so­lic­it­ing con­tri­bu­tions to fund IS ex­trem­ist move­ments.

The sus­pect was among 16 in­di­vid­u­als rounded up in sep­a­rate raids in six states be­tween late Septem­ber and early Oc­to­ber last year.

He was al­leged to have headed a net­work, which was so­lic­it­ing con­tri­bu­tions from IS sym­pa­this­ers to fund Syria-based Malaysian IS fighter Muham­mad Wan­ndy Mo­hamad Jedi.

We found that he had been pro­vid­ing fi­nan­cial sup­port to IS mil­i­tants via so­cial me­dia for the past two years.

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