Islamisation will tear Malaysia apart, says Marina Mahathir

Source: The Malaysian Insight

Illusions of Democracy contains a series of essays on democracy in Malaysia. – The Malaysian Insight pic by Seth Akmal, January 18, 2018.

MALAYSIA is on a slippery slope if the nation carries on with its Islamisation agenda, which will not only divide society, but also promote violence, said Marina Mahathir.

Citing a recent example of a man slapping a Muslim woman for not wearing a headscarf in public, the socio-political activist said Islamisation is not going to be positive or healthy for the nation.

“What could possibly have given the man the idea that he is entitled to harangue and slap a Muslim woman for not wearing a tudung as happened recently in Penang,” she said at a book launch at the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall last night.

The footage of a man slapping a woman for allegedly not wearing a headscarf some two weeks ago went viral on social media.

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Southeast Asia will see upsurge in terrorism violence this year, UN reps warn

Source: Asian Correspondent

WITHOUT effective collaboration among ASEAN partners, terrorism in Southeast Asia will continue to thrive this year as foreign fighters now in the Middle East return to home soil to continue their campaign.

The warning by two United Nations representatives came following observations of the rise of terrorism activity in the region last year, in countries like Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines and Thailand.

The duo – Jeremy Douglas, UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Southeast Asia representative, and Joseph Gyte, UNODC Counter-terrorism consultant for the region – noting in an article on Bangkok Post that Daesh, or the Islamic State (IS) terror network, has in recent months shown great interest in the region.

They cited the uptick in terrorism activity in ASEAN nations last year as an example, pointing out that in Indonesia, the arrests and deaths of terrorist suspects had more than doubled to 170, while Malaysia experienced a steady stream of travel attempts of foreign fighters to Syria or Iraq and saw its first terror attack in June. Read more

How Malaysian, Indonesian anti-terror cops take the fight to Islamic militants, foil plots

Source: Asian Correspondent

Malaysian Pasukan Gerak Khas (PGK) elite police operatives moving crosshairs during a Close Quarters Combat drill. Image via @Wikipedia Commons.  Image taken from Asian Correspondent.

Malaysian Pasukan Gerak Khas (PGK) elite police operatives moving crosshairs during a Close Quarters Combat drill. Image via @Wikipedia Commons. Image taken from Asian Correspondent.

WHILE authorities around the world grapple with thwarting attacks by Muslim militants, counter-terrorism units in both Malaysia and Indonesia have been lauded for curbing dozens of bombing plots and assault attempts aimed at killing scores of innocents.

This year alone, Malaysian anti-terrorism police nabbed more than 115 people with links to global Islamist militant groups, preventing at least 14 attempted attacks, while their counterparts in neighbouring Indonesia — also a Muslim-majority country — had foiled at least 15 suicide attacks and bombing plots, with more than 150 arrests, according to various news reports.

Earlier this month, Malaysian police Special Branch (SB) Counter Terrorism Division principal assistant director Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay, told a seminar on countering extremism at the University of Jordan that the majority of the Malaysian public were unaware of the looming threat of the Islamic State (IS) militants who had planned a series of attacks in his country.

Unlike many countries in Europe, Malaysia has yet to face any major attacks in recent memory, but Ayub Khan said the June 28 grenade attack on an entertainment centre in Puchong in the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur that left eight injured, was a wake up call on the imminent presence of IS.

“Many did not believe that the IS threat is clear and present. I have been talking about IS since 2013, but only after the bombing in Puchong did they (the public) believe it,” Ayob Khan was quoted as saying by national news agency Bernama. Read more

Let ‘terror suspects’ face fair trial, says group

Source: FMT

PETALING JAYA: A lobby group has called for “terrorism suspects” to face a fair trial and for the release of all those being detained without trial under various detention orders.

This included the 15 people arrested last week for investigations into the grenade bombing of a nightspot in Puchong, in which eight people were injured.

The organisation, Malaysians Against Death Penalty and Torture (MADPET) , said detention without trial was against the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

MADPET spokesman Charles Hector said a foreign newspaper report had said that more than 160 people suspected of having ties to the Islamic State network had been detained in Malaysia in the past two years. Read more

Understanding the phenomenon that is terrorism – P Sundramoorthy

Source: FMT News

By P SUNDRAMOORTHY

Pic taken from FMT News

Pic taken from FMT News

The social phenomenon of violent acts of terrorism has an intellectual and behavioural context that needs to be objectively analysed without prejudice. Many would argue that the way to counter acts of terrorism is to address the supposed grievances that arise from deprivation of civil rights, human rights and democracy. Then is the deliberate targeting of civilians, to indiscriminately murder and maim innocent children, women and men, not the deprivation of such rights? If it were not, then national and international conflicts and struggles for civil rights, human rights and democracy by using violence may be justified by extremist and terror groups. This mindset is most dangerous. Read more

Gani Patail: Sosma introduced to deal with terrorism

Source: The Star Online

Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail says Sosma has always been intended for offences against the state and terrorism offences, not to suppress political dissent. – The Malaysian Inider pic by Wan Asraf, November 3, 2015.

KUALA LUMPUR: The Security Offences (Special Measures) Act (Sosma) 2012 was not introduced to suppress political freedoms, says Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail.

“Sosma was introduced to deal with terrorism and other security offences. It was not intended to guillotine parliamentary democracy or suppress political freedom,” he said at the Malaysian Bar Council’s “Sosma – Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing” forum here.

The former Attorney-General, who read from the Hansard record of Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak’s speech in Parliament when Sosma was tabled, added in his speech at the forum that Sosma was clearly enacted to deal with terrorism and terrorist acts.

“Sosma was drafted for procedural matters. The detention powers are only for investigation purposes,” said Abdul Gani.

He, however, declined to comment on the detention of former Batu Kawan Umno vice-chief Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan and his lawyer Matthias Chang under the Act. Read more

Terror’s many dimensions – Shad Saleem Faruqi

Source: The Star Online

Shad Saleem Faruqi - file pic

Shad Saleem Faruqi – file pic

BY SHAD SALEEM FARUQI

Counter-terrorism measures must be accompanied by a holistic approach that promotes prevention and peaceful resolution of prolonged conflicts.

LAST Saturday, a seminar was held at the Multimedia University in Malacca on “The Threat of Global Terrorism in the 21st Century”. It explored the many dimensions of this challenge to civilisation.

Participants were reminded that terrorism has existed throughout the ages. No nation and no region have escaped its evil. No race, religion or region is without guilt in perpetrating it. Read more

Malaysia good at hunting terrorist but poor at prosecuting them, says US report

Source: The Malaysian Insider

The US Department of State’s Country Reports on Terrorism 2014 released today commended the country’s anti-terrorism legislation to curb the influence of Islamic State in Syria and Iraq (Isis) which it said it was effective only in theory.“However, as authorities were unable to file charges in roughly half of the terrorism-related arrests, a significant challenge is Malaysia’s need to strengthen proactive cooperation between police and prosecutors from the outset of an investigation,” it added.

The report said a significant challenge was for Malaysia to strengthen cooperation between police and prosecutors from the outset of an investigation.

The report said ‎Malaysia was not considered a terrorist safe haven, but some violent extremists have been known to operate and hide in isolated littoral areas of the Sulu/Sulawesi Seas between Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines, it said. Read more