Authority: Go after those funding terrorism

Police officers react near the site of a blast in Jakarta, Indonesia, January 14, 2016.
PHOTO: Reuters

PETALING JAYA: Ter­rorism can be stopped if the authorities actively go after those funding them, said Global Move­ment of Moderates Foundation (GMM) chief executive officer Nasha­rudin Mat Isa.

He said without a steady flow of funds and easy access to weapons, it would be impossible for terrorists to sustain their activities.

"When the funding stops, so will the violence," he said.

Nasha­rudin said it would be better to find out the players behind the terrorists.

"We can see that the attackers are not some kampung boys staging random attacks.

"The attacks appear to be well planned and co-ordinated with mili­tary precision. The attackers appear to be well trained and the weapons used are not ordinary," he said.

Citing recent attacks in Paris, Istanbul and Jakarta, Nasharudin said they showed that the terrorist movement was well structured.

"Even their mode of communications is very advanced.

"It appears to be a well funded international movement," he said.

Nasharudin said the security forces had to be on high alert as the rate of attacks was quite alarming, as within a span of a couple of months three cities had come under attack.

Nasharudin added that militants who killed innocent civilians were no longer Muslims.

"The moment they kill innocent civilians, they become apostates. They should stop hijacking the word Islam, as Islam forbids the killing of civilians," he said.

He also challenged militant-minded characters to show a single verse in the Quran, which allowed killings based on differences in belief.

Nasharudin also urged the people to denounce Islamic State (IS), as the militants did not have the right to hijack the religion in pursuit of their evil cause.

"IS is certainly not fighting for Islam, and its actions are un-Islamic," he said.

He said the term 'jihad' was also being misinterpreted for militant activities.

"Jihad means striving for the best, and not killing. Its 'Kital' which means killing," he added.