IPOH – The authorities are called upon to identify and study the factors influencing the youth to join militant groups.
Sultan of Perak, Sultan Nazrin Shah said identifying these factors could help the authorities draw up more comprehensive measures in tackling the issue.
“Police have made several arrests, but these arrests do not guarantee the problem has been resolved if the root of the problem failed to be understood in depth,” he said when opening the first meeting of the fifth term of the Perak State Legislative Assembly, here, today.
The Sultan said every religion called for peace and security, fostering of sense of humanity, and forbade hostilities and killings.
“We have people who have been influenced by extremist ideologies, to the extent of being ready to join the militants, willing to leave their homeland, and resulting in some getting killed in other countries,” he said.
Sultan Nazrin said the threat to public order and national security came in various forms, more so in a country with citizens from different religious, racial and cultural backgrounds.
“Issues of race, religion and culture are exploited for short-term partisan political interest, like a smouldering fire in the husks, having the potential to trigger hostility and ignite anger among the people,” he said.
In the meantime, the Sultan said, the spread of various schools of thought was a challenge to the followers of the Sunnah Wal Jamaah and which could undermine their faith, besides causing havoc to the ummah.
In this regard, Sultan Nazrin said Muslim clerics and scholars should find a meeting point and consensus to address related issues rather than allow these to persist and confuse the people. – BERNAMA