Some­one else will re­place Wan­ndy, say ex­perts

New Straits Times - - News -

KUALA LUMPUR: The death of Muham­mad Wan­ndy Mo­hamed Jedi is good news for the coun­tert­er­ror­ism com­mu­nity in Malaysia but will have lit­tle im­pact on the move­ment of Is­lamic State sym­pa­this­ers here.

Counter-ter­ror­ism ex­pert An­drin Raj said con­fir­ma­tion of Wan­ndy’s death by In­spec­tor-Gen­eral of Po­lice Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar would not lead to re­tal­i­a­tion, or un­de­sir­able con­se­quences to­wards the coun­try.

“There will be (some­one) to re­place him in due time. We will just have to wait and see who’s next in com­mand and if he would carry on Wan­ndy’s pur­suit for IS,” he told the New Straits Times.

Raj said the death of the leader of Malaysian IS mil­i­tants in Syria would have lit­tle ef­fect on other Malaysians in the war-torn coun­try.

“Those Malaysian mil­i­tants stranded there will con­tinue to fight in Syria. If some of them de­cide to re­turn to Malaysia, it won’t be be­cause Wan­ndy is dead, but be­cause they want to flee the at­tacks.”

An­other ter­ror­ism ex­pert Ah­mad El-Muham­mady said there were other Malaysian mil­i­tants who were seen as po­ten­tial re­place­ments for Wan­ndy.

“So far, we have not heard of can­di­dates to fill up his po­si­tion. But there are po­ten­tial fig­ures such as Akel Zainal who is seen as ca­pa­ble of lead­ing the group. Time will tell us who,” he said.

Ah­mad said Wan­ndy’s death did not mean the level of threats was de­creas­ing as there were reclu­sive and well-ex­pe­ri­enced in­di­vid­u­als con­tin­u­ously re­cruit­ing Malaysian youth via so­cial me­dia.

“This is in­di­cated by on­go­ing ar­rests by Malaysian po­lice... be­tween Jan­uary and March, more than 30 peo­ple were de­tained.

“This means 10 per­sons ev­ery month. This is a scary fig­ure. De­spite on­go­ing aware­ness cam­paigns and ar­rests, some youths are still de­ter­mined to join IS in Syria,” he said.

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