Monday, October 6, 2014

IS Appeal to Malaysians Too

Last Monday, former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said the Malaysian government is still not taking the threats of the Islamic State seriously. 

Already, a doctor – a 26-year-old woman – is one of twenty-two Malaysians who has joined IS and are reportedly in Syria. That is the Malaysian police version. On September 29, 2014, Bloomberg news service reported that as many as 40 Malaysians are currently fighting there, with some saying that the jihad was mandated by the Prophet Muhammad.


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In a report by Buzzfeed, the woman known as “Shams”, has been using the moniker ‘Bird of Jannah' to share her experience of joining the militants since she left home in February 2014. Sham, who also blogs at ‘Diary Of A Traveler’ said that she thought it was her duty to hijrah or pilgrimage to join the fight in Syria since she is a doctor. 

Note: Doubts have been expressed whether "Shams" is a real person, or is part of the IS social media propaganda to recruit women into their ranks. It seems unreal that her writings gloss over the savage violence that has ravaged over Iraq and Syria since IS fighters lay claim over them. 

Still, she and the others are merely exercising their free choice. I don’t see anything wrong with that. If these misguided Malaysians wish to fight to defend Islam or so they believe – so be it. Maybe for some, it is about adventure in a faraway land. Or maybe for others, it is about being rewarded with seventy-two virgins. Or maybe they are tired of living – so dying as a martyr sounds noble. 

In fact, I would like to suggest that Perkasa, Isma, Ridhuan Tee and the rest of the so-called ‘defenders of the faith’ get ready to leave for Iraq and Syria too! 

Mahathir is not entirely correct. The government is starting to get serious about IS. 

Since the launch of a special operation by the Counter Terrorism Division on April 28, 2014, twenty-two individuals have been detained on suspicion of having been involved in militant activities. 

Those who may have information on the IS militants can contact investigating officer Inspector Mohd Hazil Azhar or convey the information via telephone to 03-2266 5673 or e-mail to

It was not the most convincing of victories but I suppose Liverpool was still glad just the same – they managed a 2-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion on Saturday. Adam Lallana (45) and Jordan Henderson (61) scored for the Reds but the Baggies pulled one back through a Saido Berahino penalty (56). 

Sunday’s game was disappointing for Celtic because Hamilton secured a 1-0 win over the former. It was Celtic's first domestic home defeat of the season. Ali Crawford (49) gave Accies their first win at Celtic Park since 1938 to move them top of the Scottish Premiership. And Celtic remain sixth in table.

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