BAGAN DATOH – Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi today stressed that the threat posed by the Daesh militant group in Malaysia was not a manipulation, publicity stunt or fiction.
“I want to tell the people that the Daesh threat is very real,” he said.
He advised the public to always be alert in open areas such as entertainment centres, houses of non-Muslim worship and places of public interest.
He said the government through the security forces was always on the alert to ensure the country’s security is assured.
“The PDRM (Royal Malaysia Police) through the Special Branch Counter- Terrorism Division always monitors various mediums including social media to curb Daesh’s influence in the country,” he said.
He was speaking at a press conference after handing over 130 heads of cattle to mosques, suraus and government agencies in Bagan Datoh in conjunction with the Aidiladha celebration.
Besides Ahmad Zahid, other donors of the cattle included private corporations, among them HeiTech Padu Berhad, Naza Group and MyEG Services Berhad.
Also present was Perak Sports, Communications and Multimedia Committee chairman Datuk Shahrul Zaman Yahya, who is also state assemblyman for Rungkup.
Ahmad Zahid, who is also Home Minister, was commenting on newspaper reports today on the action of Syrian-based Malaysian head for Daesh, Muhamad Wanndy Mohamad Jedi, who repeated his threat to create chaos in this country.
“We know followers (of Daesh) in Malaysia want to carry out the instructions leading to Katibah Nusantara, which is supposedly a Muslim nation in the covering Malaysia, Indonesia, southern Thailand, southern Phililppines and maybe even Singapore and Brunei.
“Through the cooperation of security forces in ASEAN nations, either the police or armed forces, we are always sharing information on what Wanndy is doing..we know about the instructions he issued are reflecting those of the Daesh leadership in Syria and Iraq,” he said.
He added that acts such as bombings were to ensure Wanndy remained in Daesh’s top leadership, and contributed to the violence in the region.
Ahmad Zahid also said the people in the country who joined the militant group did not have strong religious or educational background.
“They are people who are frustrated over something which only they know. So this disappointment is translated into a form of escapism,” he said. – BERNAMA