Non-muslims in Malaysia not involved in Daesh – Special Branch

 |Aug 21, 2016
Bukit Aman Special Branch Counter-Terrorism Division principal assistant director Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said so far, the militant group did not involve non-Muslims even though a handful of non-Muslims abroad were involved in the group's activities.
Bukit Aman Special Branch Counter-Terrorism Division principal assistant director Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said so far, the militant group did not involve non-Muslims even though a handful of non-Muslims abroad were involved in the group’s activities.

The police have confirmed that non-Muslims in the country are not involved in the Daesh militant group.

Bukit Aman Special Branch Counter-Terrorism Division principal assistant director Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said so far, the militant group did not involve non-Muslims even though a handful of non-Muslims abroad were involved in the group’s activities.

“There were attempts to attract non-Muslims to join Daesh overseas but so far in Malaysia, there are no such elements.

“For example, non-Muslims from several countries were found joining Daesh, namely from South Korea, Japan and Europe,” he told Bernama in a recent interview.

Ayob Khan said there were such incidents because they had lost their own identity.

“They were lured by Daesh activities when they thought they have found something they have been looking for.

“This is because they have no self-identity or strong religious belief and were easily influenced by Daesh,” he said.

Ayob Khan said the actions by Daesh caused non-Muslims in western countries to have a stigma on the Muslim community with each terrorist attack in the world.

“They exploited Islam and their actions caused Islam to be tarnished indirectly in the world.

Ayob Khan said to combat the menace, police were monitoring the spread of Daesh ideology to prevent it from entering the country.

Meanwhile, Ahli Sunnah Wal Jammah (Aswaja) president Zamihan Mat Zin concurred with the views expressed by Ayob Khan.

“Yes, there were several cases of non-Muslims who have no self-identity or religion who were attracted to Daesh.

“In fact, they mistakenly accepted Daesh as an Islamic government which allowed it to legalise killing when it is not the real Islamic teaching,” he said.

Zamihan said even though the number of non-Muslims in other countries influenced by Daesh was small, it should not be allowed to occur in this country.

Source:  Bernama