KUALA LUMPUR – Daesh terrorists are not driven by Islamic ideology and are criminals, said Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamad.
“They are just a bunch of criminals … those people who are deracidalised are normal people who do not have a strong religious background,” Jazlan said on the sidelines of the 18th Malaysia Strategic Outlook Conference here today.
He told reporters that potential mitilants were attracted to the message of Daesh for “a short cut to heaven”.
Nur Jazlan said the Home Ministry was monitoring the regional wing of Daesh after a video titled ‘Public Message for Malaysiaâ€™ was distributed featuring operatives from the militant group Katibah Nusantara speaking under the IS banner in Malay.
“The video is just a threat to scare Malaysians. Do not forget those radicalised may not necessarily do anything. We are targeting to catch those who have been radicalised with an intention to cause harm,” he added.
He said that one difficulty in tracking down these militants was that they were divided into small groups unlike Jemaah Islamiah and Al-Qaeda.
Nonetheless, the police were doing a good job identifying and arresting Daesh militants, Nur Jazlan said.
The deputy minister believed that Daesh did not intend to harm Malaysians and was focused on foreigners and security forces.
“They donâ€™t want to cause harm to the local population. This will be counter-productive to their own struggle. They want to focus on areas where there are a lot of foreigners and where unIslamic activities thrive and at the same time hurt security forces,” Nur Jazlan said. – BERNAMA