GURUN - The father of a 20-year-old seen in a Islamic State-produced video showing the beheading of a Syrian man is reeling in shock.
Retired government servant Anuar Salleh cannot believe that his quiet son had joined the IS militants and was present during the beheading of a man.
Anuar, 57, is hoping against all odds that the police counter terrorism unit had mistakenly identified the man as Mohd Faris Anuar, his son.
"I last saw Faris at the end of last year. He told me that he was going to look for a job and at the same time further his studies in religious teaching.
"I was not home on the day he left, and have not been able to contact Faris at all. He just disappeared," Anuar said at his home in Kampung Jelatang, Gurun, yesterday.
Anuar claimed he did not know that Mohd Faris was fighting alongside the extremists and only learnt of his son's involvement after police named Mohd Faris and 26-year-old Muhamad Wanndy Mohamad Jedi yesterday as the two Malaysians in the beheading video.
"My wife has high blood pressure and doesn't know about this yet. I do not plan to tell her as I worry she might not be able to take it.
"I pray that the man is not Faris, and hopefully this is just a case of mistaken identity.
"Nowadays there are many things that can be altered and portrayed by the social media," Anuar said.
He, however, identified a man's mugshot published in connection with the news to be that of Mohd Faris.
Anuar described his son as a very disciplined child, who does not own a smartphone, laptop or a driving licence.
"Faris is a very quiet person and he does not have many friends. He will stay at home during his free time, and doesn't go out for drinks with friends.
"There was nothing unusual in his behaviour before he left home," said Anuar.
The third child among six siblings, Mohd Faris spent his fourth and fifth form years at SM Teknik Sungai Petani. Anuar said Mohd Faris just hung around at home after completing his SPM in 2012 until he left home at the end of last year.