KUALA LUMPUR – As the “puppet master” pulling the strings of Islamic State (IS) operatives in Malaysia since last year, Mohamad Wanndy Mohamad Jedi had amassed at least RM100,000 within a short time.
Intelligence sources said the Malacca-born militant received at least RM8,000 monthly from IS sympathisers in Malaysia.
However, the 26-year-old is believed to have used the funds to settle personal debts, among others.
“The bulk of the cash has been used to cover his expenses in Syria.
“Authorities learnt that Mohamad Wanndy, also known as Abu Hamzah Al-Fateh, had used the funds to settle his debts and those of his wife,” a source told The Star.
It is believed that the militant, from Durian Tunggal, is content with issuing orders for followers to execute attacks, including suicide bomb attacks, without getting his own hands dirty.
“He has been urging militants in Malaysia to perform lone wolf attacks and even become suicide bombers but there is no evidence he himself is involved in any fighting in Syria,” another source said.
From arranging dead drops to directly financing attacks in Malaysia, Mohamad Wanndy has also channelled some RM6,000 to the three militants who were planning an attack here on Merdeka eve.
“The authorities learnt that the trio were promised up to RM10,000. Their targets were the Kajang police district headquarters, a temple in Batu Caves and entertainment outlets in the Klang Valley,” the source said.
It is learnt the sum given to the trio was for acquiring weapons and travel expenditure to Syria once the attacks were carried out.
Mohamad Wanndy has been described by family members as a loner with a short fuse.
“He is also vindictive. He holds grudges. He will make sure he gets revenge on anyone who has wronged him,” a source said.
Mohamad Wanndy has two estranged sisters. However, he is in contact with an aunt since November last year.
“He also told her that he was in Syria after previously entering Iraq,” a source said.
It is also learnt that Mohamad Wanndy is not planning to return to Malaysia although his wife was five months pregnant.
“It is his number one goal to launch a high-scale attack on home soil as a form of retaliation over the arrests of IS militants in the country,” another source said.
Bukit Aman Special Branch Counter Terrorism Division head Deputy Comm Datuk Ayob Khan said the police managed to prevent 13 possible terror attacks, with the majority of them masterminded by Mohamad Wanndy.
DCP Ayob also said that 239 militants had been arrested since February 2013. – The Star