IS-themed shop closes for 'renovation' after recent media spotlight

IS-themed shop closes for 'renovation' after recent media spotlight
T-shirts with IS themes on display at the shop in Bangi.

PETALING JAYA - A shop in Bandar Baru Bangi, which came under the spotlight for selling "militant" merchandise, now has its shutters down - apparently for renovation.

Checks by The Star showed that the shop signboard had been taken down.

News broke on Friday about the outlet selling souvenirs and attire such as T-shirts with words like "Mujahideen cyberspace" and symbols of the Islamic State (IS) and the Taliban.

Deputy Inspector-General of Police Comm Datuk Seri Noor Rashid Ibrahim said an intensive background check would be done on whether the owner and his fa­mily, who are from Paparanau in Sabah, were linked to any terror group including Darul Islam Sabah.

The family business, which has been running for three months, is believed to be operated by a man with the initials MH.

"Even if the family does not fund any terror group, selling such merchandise could generate a fanbase in Malaysia and that's exactly what we don't want. We are doing something about it. However, I can't comment further for fear of jeopardising our investigations," he said when contacted.

Checks also revealed that the Facebook page of the shop has gathered almost 1,500 "likes".

Its last update was posted at 9.49pm on Friday, which said that it had a new stock of shawls and other Muslim apparel.

Comm Noor Rashid described the case as "very serious", saying that police were ta­­king preventive measures in dealing with it.

He also dispelled talk that the police had delayed in taking action on the matter.

"We understand that the public want fast action but we can't jump the gun and make a mistake while executing our actions.

"We can't just go in, seize the items and arrest the owner. We need to ascertain whether it is a pure business or whether they are funding any terror organisation.

"For now, please do not speculate as it is worsening the situation," he said.

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