4 RE­PLACE

4 mil­i­tants in Syria now ter­ror group’s prime movers in Malaysia, say po­lice

New Straits Times - - News -

HIDIR RE­D­UAN

MARAN hidirre­d­uan@nst.com.my

FOUR Malaysians have stepped into the vac­uum cre­ated fol­low­ing the death of Malaysian Is­lamic State (IS) leader Muham­mad Wan­ndy Mo­hamed Jedi.

Fed­eral Po­lice Spe­cial Branch Coun­tert­er­ror­ism Di­vi­sion prin­ci­pal as­sis­tant di­rec­tor Datuk Ayob Khan My­din Pitchay said the four, cur­rently in Syria, acted as the ter­ror group’s “prime movers” in Malaysia.

“They are Muham­mad Rafi­ud­din, Akhbar Zainal, Muham­mad Fuzail and Muham­mad Za­har.”

He said this after giv­ing a lec­ture ti­tled, “Dan­ger of Is­lamic State Ide­ol­ogy on Mus­lims and the Na­tion”, dur­ing a Bicara Mufti pro­gramme in Se­berang Chenor here on Satur­day.

“Po­lice have suc­ceeded in ar­rest­ing 300 IS mem­bers since 2013, and 141 had been charged (in court), with 43 charged un­der POCA (Pre­ven­tion of Crime Act) and 23 un­der POTA (Pre­ven­tion of Ter­ror­ism Act), with the re­main­der re­leased.”

“This year, po­lice suc­ceeded in de­tain­ing 36 IS mem­bers.”

Ayob said there were 56 Malaysian IS mem­bers in Syria, com­pris­ing 36 men and 20 women, aged be­tween 4 and 50, from the ini­tial num­ber of 95.

He said eight of them had re­turned to Malaysia and 31 oth­ers had been killed.

Ayob said po­lice, with the as­sis­tance of the Malaysian Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Mul­ti­me­dia Com­mis­sion, had clamped down ac­cess to the group’s nearly 30 web­sites as well as Facebook pres­ence.

He warned that de­spite Wan­ndy’s death, the Salafi Ji­hadi ide­ol­ogy by IS was still ac­tive and con­tin­ued to spread via so­cial in­volved in the trade and most of them are from higher learn­ing in­sti­tu­tions as they want more pocket money,” said the sources.

Ke­lan­tan Wildlife and Na­tional Parks Depart­ment di­rec­tor Mohd Hasdi Husin said it was mon­i­tor­ing the on­line sales.

“The depart­ment will ar­rest the pet sell­ers if they are found breach­ing the law,” he told the me­dia de­spite los­ing sig­nif­i­cant ground in Syria and Iraq.

“They now tar­get ev­ery level (of so­ci­ety), from school and univer­sity stu­dents, gov­ern­ment staff, search and rescue per­son­nel, mem­bers of the pub­lic, imam and univer­sity lec­tur­ers.”

Ayob urged reli­gious ex­perts to play a role in stamp­ing out the spread of the “Salafi Ji­hadi” ide­ol­ogy. New Straits Times yes­ter­day.

Those found guilty could be charged un­der Sec­tion 60 and 68 of the Wildlife Con­ser­va­tion Act 2010 (Act 716) for hunt­ing or keep­ing pro­tected wildlife with­out li­cence or per­mit. If con­victed, they can be fined be­tween RM50,000 and RM500,000 or jailed up to five years. By Shar­i­fah Mahsi­nah Ab­dul­lah

PIC BY ROSELAN AB MALEK

Fed­eral Po­lice Spe­cial Branch Coun­tert­er­ror­ism Di­vi­sion prin­ci­pal as­sis­tant di­rec­tor Datuk Ayob Khan My­din Pitchay (third from left) with reli­gious teach­ers after giv­ing a lec­ture dur­ing a Bicara Mufti pro­gramme at Se­berang Chenor in Maran.

AND NA­TIONAL PARKS DEPART­MENT PIC COUR­TESY OF WILDLIFE

The sul­phur crested cock­a­too is among many ex­otic an­i­mals that are be­ing sold on the In­ter­net by pet sell­ers.

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