TENOM – The government will always take a cautious stand over the spread of the Islamic State (IS) ideology and its threat to security, especially in Sabah.
Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said the phenomenon and threat demanded that the government, including the security forces, view the situation as something which is complicated and comprehensive.
“This is because there is a movement to openly support the IS fight, including creating an Islamic territory in this region,” he told reporters after opening the Tenom Umno division annual delegates meeting here Saturday.
Also present were Tenom Umno chief Datuk Rubin Balang; Tenom Umno deputy chief Datuk Raime Unggi, who is also Tenom MP; and Tenom Umno Youth chief Jamawi Jaafar, who is also Umno Malaysia Youth Information Chief.
According to Hishammuddin, armed militant groups from South Philippines, including the Moro National Liberation Front under the leadership of Nur Misuari, had also openly declared support for the IS. – BERNAMA