Indonesian public told to be cautious about IS

Indonesian public told to be cautious about IS

The National Police have urged the public to be cautious with parties that invite them to join the Islamic State (IS) movement in Iraq and Syria.

"We, in the name of the National Police, urge all components of the nation to jointly arouse the public awareness not to be easily enticed by an organisation like IS to go overseas for an unclear mission," National Police spokesman Brig. Gen. Anton Charliyan said in Jakarta on Friday as quoted by Antara news agency.

Anton attributed willingness of a number of individuals to join the organisation to two things -- radical Islamic teaching and economic motivations.

"According to information, the salary of a soldier there reaches Rp 20 million to Rp 150 million (S$2,114 to S$15,859) per month," he said.

Anton also asked the media to play its role to give proper information and educate the public on the risks if they join the organisation.

"Please help the public by giving a kind of political education. Indonesia sends its citizens overseas only for world peace. If individuals go overseas to fight, it violates our regulations," he said.

According to him, there had thus far been up to 514 Indonesian citizens who had been in Syria, even though there had been no evidence that their presence in Syria had been connected with IS.

This figure is worrying, he said. However, the government cannot do anything to prevent someone from going abroad as long as their immigration documents are complete, he added.

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