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Sultan: Study Why People Are Joining Militant Groups

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IPOH: Authorities need to identify, understand and analyse the factors that could influence people to join militant movements, said Sultan of Perak Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah.

The arrest and detention of those supporting and joining militant movements such as the Islamic State group (IS) was one way to combat the matter, he said.

Sultan Nazrin added, however, that it would not resolve the matter.

“It is important that a more comprehensive way be used to combat and contain this complex issue that involves ideology, understanding and interpretation.

“Factors that could influence the minds of the people to join or reject an organisation must be identified, understood and analysed,” he said when opening the fourth session of the 13th Perak State Assembly at the state secretariat building here yesterday.

“Hopes and illusions, disappointment and dreams, poverty and suffering, tyranny and oppression are factors that could cause youths to join these movements,” he said.

“It’s more saddening that these disputes are triggered in the name of religion by militants promising a better world order.

“Actions through violence and destruction to public properties and sources of life such as killing, attacking, kidnapping, raping and bombing leading to the loss of lives of innocents are not the Islamic way.”

The ideology of creating an Islamic state was influencing people around the globe, including Malaysians, he added.

“There have been reports of Malaysians killed in certain countries,” he said, adding that it was also the responsibility of the people to preserve public order and national safety.

The people, said Sultan Nazrin, should also take inspiration from sports to instil the spirit of understanding, teamwork and co-operation.

“Sports can promote a healthy lifestyle, competitiveness, the spirit to strive further and sportsmanship,” he said, adding that films such as Ola Bola helped to boost the values of sacrifice, comradeship and patriotism.

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