Friday, October 3, 2014

Forum fails to make stand on role of moderates in fighting terrorism and extremism

BY EILEEN NG

Gliobal Movement of Moderates chief executive officer Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah says there is a need to explain the meaning of jihad to they young. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Raiezal, October 3, 2014.

Global Movement of Moderates chief executive officer Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah says there is a need to explain the meaning of jihad to they young. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Raiezal, October 3, 2014.
A discourse on extremism and terrorism last night was a washout when the speakers failed to make a strong stand on the role moderates can play to counter the slick recruitment methods of terror groups like the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (Isis) which have attracted scores of Malaysians to its cause.
While agreeing on the need to promote the concept of moderation although it was deemed "not sexy" among youths, the three speakers at the youth townhall session on "No To Terrorism Extremists and Terrorism: How Should Moderates Respond" did not probe further or give concrete suggestions on how this can be done.
It did not help that the sound system was quite bad, so much so that the answers by the panellists could hardly be heard at times.
One of the speakers, Global Movement of Moderates chief executive officer Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah, said there was a need to reclaim the centrestage and explain the real meaning of jihad and what Isis was all about to the young, who were rebellious and attracted to images of men fighting for what they believed was a just cause.
"Political institutions should open up and engage the young, if you cannot detach or disrupt the communication between recruiters and the prospective jihadists, at least you can try to engage them to lessen whatever dissatisfaction they have, for example by giving the young more voice and consult them in decision-making processes," he said.
Ahmad El Mohammady says terrorism should not be solely associated with the Muslim community. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Raiezal, October 3, 2014.Ahmad El Mohammady says terrorism should not be solely associated with the Muslim community. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Raiezal, October 3, 2014.Another speaker, Ahmad El Mohammady of Malaysia Islamic Youth Movement failed to answer moderator Ezra Zaid's question on why terrorism was so rampant and the role of the silent majority to counter it.
Ahmad pointed out terrorism should not be solely associated with the Muslim community but he then went off tangent and compared the recruitment methods of Isis and terror groups in the 1990s.
He said groups like Isis took wargames like Flames of War and created high definition videos out of it as propoganda to attract youths to their cause.
Julia Sveshnikova says there is a need to unmask the illusion and romance of Isis. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Raiezal, October 3, 2014.Julia Sveshnikova says there is a need to unmask the illusion and romance of Isis. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Raiezal, October 3, 2014.Islamic Renaissance Front policy coordinator Julia Sveshnikova said there was a need to unmask the illussion and romance of Isis.
"Why aren't there enough reports on who the terrorists are in reality, how profitable it is for its leaders. We should treat them more soberly, we should unmask this illusion and romance rather than talk about it in mystery," she said without elaborating further.
The Malaysian Insider reported recently that many of the 40-odd Malaysians currently fighting alongside Isis forces in the Middle East have been influenced to take up the struggle via social media like Facebook.
The move is unlike the early 2000s where a lot of recruitment was done through religious schools.
Malaysian police recently detained three men who were allegedly on their way to Istanbul via Doha to join Isis forces.
Twenty-two Malaysians have so far been arrested for links to Isis and the police are now tracking down five militants believed to be connected to Isis and Abu Sayyaf, the Philippines-based terror group. – October 3, 2014.
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