KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 26 – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak expressed his concern that the number of Malaysians influenced by the Islamic State militants ideology could increase. In tabling the white paper on the threat of IS in the Dewan Rakyat today, Najib said he felt sad and sympathised with the families of Malaysians who were killed in Syria.
“As of now, 39 Malaysians have been identified to be involved in militant activities in Syria. ” I’am worried that 40 more will face the same fate if the authorities do no arrest them,” he said. Najib said there was an urgent need to inform the people who might not be aware of IS militant and extremist activities.
“They might not know of the real IS which have a skewed belief of Islam which makes them vulnerable and easily influenced by this militant group,” he stressed. Najib said the white paper aims to expose the IS group real intention while hiding behind the aim of establishing an Islamic caliphate.
“They have miscontrued the concept of ‘jihad’ they are of the belief that the only way to reach their goals is through war. “Actually the jihad-salafi ideology championed by this group is based on extremism and terrorism which is against the teachings of sunnah wal jamaah,”. he added. Malaysia practices the Sunni school of taught known as ahli Sunnah Wal Jamaah.