Sabah police rubbish report on child warriors

Source: Free Malaysia Today

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah police commissioner Ramli Din has dismissed a report that stateless children born in Sabah had left and joined thousands of “child warriors” during the Marawi war in southern Philippines last year.

The report, by the Manila Times, had cited an unnamed source as saying that “some Sabah-born stateless Muslim children of Filipino descent returned to the Philippines through the porous borders of Mindanao” and fought in Marawi.

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Radical ideologies remain in region despite tightened security ― Charles Phang and Tan Jia Ning

Source: The Malay Mail Online


Charles Phang and Tan Jia Ning are producers of Channel NewsAsia’s INSIGHT programme.

JANUARY 16 ― Nestled in the heart of Jakarta’s Thamrin district, an area lined with hotels, shopping centres, and several embassies, a refurbished Starbucks cafe stands as a poignant symbol of Indonesia’s resilience against terrorism.

It was here a year ago on Jan 14, 2016, that customers and bystanders bore witness to multiple explosions and gunfire which eventually claimed the lives of four civilians and left more than 20 injured. The attacks claimed by Islamic State (IS) marked the first time the terror group had unleashed its violence on South-east Asia.

They were followed in June by a bomb blast in a nightclub in Puchong, Malaysia, which injured eight people. An attack on Marina Bay was foiled by the Indonesian authorities in Batam.

While Indonesia and Malaysia have succeeded in thwarting several militant plots in recent months, experts we spoke to say that the threat of radicalisation and terrorism still loom large over the region. Read more

Danger when leaders legitimise religious extremism, expert warns

Source: FMT News


Muslim academic cites example of politicians in different parts of the world saying Islamic State should be valued for their members’ courage, heroism. Pic taken from FMT News

GEORGE TOWN: An international expert on the Middle East and Islamic politics warns of the danger of radicalisation in countries being further stoked and intensified due to the irresponsible actions of their leaders.

Dr Nader Hashemi said the problem of aggressive extremism becomes particularly acute when violence is legitimised by the leaders through a religious framework, such as Islam.

Hashemi is Director of the Centre for Middle East Studies and Associate Professor of Middle East and Islamic Politics at the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies.

“Radicalisation happens for many reasons, largely because people feel insecure, they feel vulnerable, and they feel fearful that the future is uncertain.

“But of course it takes on a new level and a much more different dimension when leaders, whether religious or political, legitimise the fear and insecurity that people have in terms of the use of violence,” he said. Read more

Rethinking moderation – Gurdial Singh Nijar

Source: The Sun Daily

(Deputy President, HAKAM)

MODERATION – the most recent buzz-word. It is really a response to a position seen as extreme. In the Malaysian context it arises with regard to issues of race and religion. Moderation aims for the middle ground between two polarising positions.

Religion3The race-religion acrimony seems to have reached alarming proportions. Sufficient, at any rate, to spawn several initiatives to arrest the slide into discord.

The prime minister sponsored the Group of Moderate Movement Foundation and more recently the Langkawi Declaration on the Global Movement of Moderates at the Asean Summit; the Moderate 25 and their off-shoots spoke up – an unprecedented initiative by eminent leaders of society. Newspapers cry out full-page appeals to moderation. Read more