KUALA LUMPUR - Unlike the mercenaries of old who fought shy of publicity, Malaysian militants joining the "jihadist" movement in Syria are openly boasting about their exploits, posting selfies and videos on Facebook and YouTube.
At least four of them are openly sharing their photographs and experiences on social media - proof that Malaysians are actively involved in a purported holy war.
They are believed to have been recruited by the ruthless Jabhat al-Nusra or Al Nusra Front, an al-Qaeda offshoot behind decapitations and murders in Syria and Lebanon.
A search on the Internet revealed websites in Bahasa Malaysia that glorify the exploits of these Malaysian militants, including Rakyat Malaysia Bersama Revolusi Islam and Uncle Syahid Insya Allah.
The most famous of them is former PAS Dewan Ulama committee member and Kedah PAS Youth information chief Ustaz Mohd Lotfi Ariffin, whose supporters also blog about his exploits.