'Joining jihad activities a worry'

'Joining jihad activities a worry'

PAGOH - The Government is worried over re­­ports of Malaysians joining jihad activities in foreign lands.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the Government would be monitoring these activities through its good relations with international communities.

"The Home Ministry has received a report on the situation through the Interpol but is still unable to establish a detailed report (about claims of Malaysian militants in Syria).

"It is worrying as they have gone through military training and are possibly involved in jihad activities and can be considered as extremists," he said after presenting aid to mosques and surau here yesterday.

In Putrajaya, Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said everyone had to share in the fight against extremists and the growth of militants.

"What is important here is the community's responsibility against the culture of terrorism and violence among those who are taksub (obsessed).

"It's not just parents, but also schools, universities, professional bodies and non-governmental organisations, (we) should not welcome militant activities.

"We do not want Malaysia to be seen as a nest for terrorists," he said after launching the national Wakaf Al-Quran 2014 at the Masjid Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin,

The Star has reported of several Malaysians who have openly boasted about their involvement in militant activities via selfies and vi­­deos posted on Facebook and YouTube.

They are believed to have been recruited by the Jabhat al-Nusra or Al Nusra Front, an al-Qaeda offshoot behind decapitations and murders in Syria and Lebanon.

The group was believed to have been set up in 2012 and has been described as the "most aggressive and successful terror group" with strong financial backing.

Dr Ahmad Zahid said the Malaysian police could not stop any citizen from receiving visas to travel overseas where they could be trained to carry out militant activities.

He called on Malaysians to not misinterpret the true meaning of jihad.

"We hope those who have not got involved in this jihad understand the real jihad, which is not suicidal."

"Don't be mistaken about the term (jihad) and don't be influenced by those who recruit people into these (terror) groups," he said.

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