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Friday, April 28, 2017

Part 1 - The Salafi Project In Malaysia, South East Asia

This is from Today Online in Singapore here.   This is a speech delivered by Singapore's Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam at Johns Hopkins University's  School of Advanced Intn'l Studies.  

I hope our local "security experts", Cabinet Ministers, MPs, Civil Servants will read this carefully.  Singapore has top notch talent  that knows how to handle  these situations.

But let me first give you my own conclusion to this posting.  

I have been saying a thousand times that the jihadi extremists can be easily defeated through intellectual discussion and intelligent dialogue. 

Whenever you apply intellect, logic, demand proofs and sound explanations, then the jihadis lose the argument.  They just cannot show any evidence for what they say.

They know this better than everyone else.

This is why the jihadis will absolutely NOT AGREE  to allow free speech, free discussion and free criticism of their religions. 

That is also why in Malaysia they support  the 3,5,6 Laws (specific for Muslims) and now they are attempting the RUU355 amendment. 

The desired effect is the same : No Muslim should be allowed to freely discuss or criticise the religious authorities. 

If you say anything they do not agree with, they can charge you and fine you and/or lock you up in jail. Just for saying things they do not agree with.  

All this acts in favour of the jihadis and the extremists.  The Salafis and other extremists  are now poised to influence all levels of the government and society in Malaysia. The 3,5,6 or the RUU355 allows the jihadis to hijack the whole country. Better watch out. 

They need the 'dont you dare question me' factor. The people must be kept stupid. Look at the banner on the right hand side of this page.  Questioning shall not be allowed.  

The simplest and most powerful weapon to completely neutralise the jihadis and extremists is free and unfettered discussion and criticism of their religious beliefs  without any threat of prosecution by the State and/or persecution by the religious mobs.

This is exactly what Minister Shanmugam is hinting at, but he is not specifying (possibly because it is very sensitive) :


Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam  :  But if we do not deal with the underlying philosophy and the underlying causes, in the end, as long as you do not deal with that, as long as you do not deal with people’s views which lead them to be radicalised in the first place, all you will be doing is cutting out their heads and new heads will come up,” he said.


Fighting them through force, arresting them, sending them to jail etc will not work. It has to be an intellectual battle. There is no other way.

Ok folks, here is K Shanmugam Minister of Home Affairs,  Singapore :


History repeating itself in South-east Asia, and US must act now: Shanmugam

 

 
April 28, 2017

SINGAPORE - dealing with (IS) in South-east Asia is something US has to do now
said Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam

Speaking at a seminar in Washington DC
security challenge stemmed from fighters who went to Afghanistan
returned home with techniques, ideologies to fight against govt


SALAFIS TARGET SOUTH EAST ASIA

now exactly same scenario repeatS in South-east Asia with IS 
about 1,000 fighters from the region in Syria and Iraq

Today in Syria and Iraq  history repeating itself
People go there, learn, train latest techniques, go back to South-east Asia
  • an area of the world where things are happening 
  • people are not paying enough attention
  • By the time it demands attention, it will be too late
  • best to deal with the problem before it gets to that stage

(My comments : This is where we in Malaysia are also sleeping and snoring.)
  • IS openly targeted South-east Asia 
  • particularly Indonesia, Malaysia, southern Philippines 
  • prime locations to establish caliphates

HOW THE RADICALISATION CREEPS IN
 
  • availability of online material
  • money from Middle East to fund kindergartens, schools
  • preachers from school of thought contrary to moderates
  • have led to rising “political Islam”.

(My comments :  'school of thought contrary to moderates' means 'Salafi / Wahhabism'.  Nothing else.  Salafism / Wahhabism are now more dangerous threats to this region than communism.)

 
makes the ground more fertile for radicalisation, said Shanmugam
sizeable population in Indonesia, Malaysia already favours Syariah 
socio-economic, political environment shifts people become more extremist
or creates climate where people prepared to "take further action”

Indonesia :  no laws to detain individuals who are serious security threats
Worse is radicalisation takes place inside Indon prisons
some attacks planned by prison inmates


SALAFI PREACHERS LIKE ZAKIR NAIK, MUFTI MENKE SPREAD RADICAL MESSAGE

foreign preachers who are wanted or banned can travel freely  in SEA
He cited Zakir Naik, who urged Muslims not to vote for non-Muslims 
and Mufti Menk, who said Muslims should not wish Christians Merry X'mas


(My comments :  Both Zakir Naik and Mufti Menke are Salafists / Wahhabis. Both are banned from entering Singapore.   This is also why Singapore will continue to be peaceful and prosper. Zakir Naik has TWO arrest warrants against him in India. But both Zakir Naik and Mufti Menke are welcomed by the gomen in Malaysia - for political purposes.  Malaysia will pay the price.) 


TREATING THE SYMPTOMS BUT NOT THE CAUSE

All these boiling beneath the surface have significant consequences down the road
  • a lot of countries focus on downstream actions
  • taking out terrorist leaders
  • dismantle terror  organisations
  • deal with their finances

MUST DEAL WITH THE UNDERLYING  PHILOSOPHY 


But if we do not deal with the underlying philosophy and the underlying causes, in the end, as long as you do not deal with that, as long as you do not deal with people’s views which lead them to be radicalised in the first place, all you will be doing is cutting out their heads and new heads will come up,” he said.

 
need concerted intn'l strategy to deal with underlying causes and reasons 
why people get into these; how populations are becoming more radicalised

Islamophobia backlash
 
Shanmugam cautioned that Islamophobia is to be avoided
“ Islamophobia will make your populations anti-Muslim, anti-Islam
that just feeds the terrorists. It’s a big risk. We need to guard against Islamophobia
vast majority of Muslim populations in most places are moderate and peaceful

My comments : There is a simple and painless solution that the international community (especially the UN) can sponsor and move forward that can help ALL the Islamic countries. 

A few years ago, Pakistan sponsored / underwrote a sort of  UN Resolution that never took off. Meaning the Pakistanis were being hypocrites.

This was a "sort of"  resolution to ask all UN members (especially the Muslim countries) to abolish ALL Blasphemy Laws.  

This would most certainly include the 3,5,6 Laws in Malaysia as well as the proposed RUU355.

"Sort of resolution" because it did not become a resolution. It became something like a position-paper or something. No legal effect anywhere. 

Pakistan only pretended to sponsor such a resolution but they were not serious.

Because Pakistan itself is a country that not only has these Blasphemy Laws but actively uses their Blasphemy Laws to prosecute and persecute its people, especially the Ahmadias, the Christians, Hindus plus other Muslims too.  Pakistan is not ready to abolish their Blasphemy Laws.  

Neither are Saudi Arabia, Egypt and all the other Islamic countries.    I dont think our local politicians are also ready to abolish the 3,5,6 Laws.

Once the modern day Muslims are freed from these Blasphemy Laws  and they are allowed to discuss religion openly, freely, intelligently and intellectually - without any fear of prosecution or persecution - then on that day the jihadis and the religious extremists are finished.  

Only then will the Muslims be able to progress, prosper and live peacefully among the other people of the world.  

The numerous types of  Blasphemy Laws in ALL Islamic countries around the world  plays into the hands of the jihadis. These laws only work in favour of the jihadis and the extremists.  

The unsuspecting or  plainly  ignorant governments are just creating the repressive religious ecosystems  that  incubates and  nurtures jihadism and extremism.  Then when their societies collapse into ignorance and violence they will just stand and stare like fools.

They are no more Masters of their own Fate.
They become Masters of their own Doom.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The Looming Disaster In Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat And Serambi

Would anyone like to guess which country will likely become the first Jihadi state in Europe? Yes in Europe - the orang putih land.

Does anyone recall Bosnia Herzegovina ?  This was the country which Malaysia helped a lot during their  Civil War 1992 - 1995.  

Today 25 years later Bosnia is the center of psycho-jihadi salafism in Europe. 

Dont believe me? Here is a Google search "Salafi jihadism in Bosnia"



Here is one news report on salafism in Bosnia :


 

  • ISIS recruitment, Bosnians top list in Europe
  • 300 Bosnians fighting alongside IS in Syria 
  • radicalised by Salafist preachers during 1992-1995 war
  • Today Bosnia facing increasingly alarming security situation 
  • jihadists calling for terror strikes in Bosnia
  • increasingly dangerous situation for Bosnia
  • laid-back Islam replaced by hardline Salafism

Well folks, Malaysia has certainly contributed significantly to this alarming Salafi situation in Bosnia.  Terima kasih banyak-banyak kepada Malaysia

Dont forget Malaysia also gave PR status to Abu Bakar Bashir the Indonesian terrorist leader, Hambali the Indon terrorist and Mohamed Iqbal also an Indon terrorist.   

Now we have given PR status to another Salafi preacher Zakir Naik.  Bijak sungguh Malaysia. Hooray !

Closer to home, Malaysia has also been screwing up big time in the "peace process" in Mindanao and South Thailand. Yes Malaysia has been screwing up big time.  Here is the latest news.

The Muslim militants set off 18 bombs last week in South Thailand.  In the process two of the militants were killed and 8 people, including 2 Thai policemen, were wounded. Here is some news :


BANGKOK (AP) 

dozen grenade and bomb attacks in southern Thailand 

2 insurgents killed, explosives detonated unexpectedly

8 civilians and officials wounded in Wed night violence

dead were "insurgent operational leaders."

No group claimed responsibility for 13 attacks
target police stations, checkpoints in 12 districts 

South Thailand separatist insurgency for years
7,000 killed since conflict flared in 2004
insurgents carry out bombings, drive-by shootings 

first assault since Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) issued rare statement 10/4 

to reject talks with Thai govt (as part of MARA Patani coalition) 

(Please do not ignore the resemblance of these  names to our own Barisan Nasional and MARA. Do read on.)

BRN most militant group - others have smaller followings

BRN statement called for new talks mediated by impartial 3rd parties

insurgents' reps live in Malaysia, which hosts negotiations

susceptible to pressure from Msian govt 

talks should NOT include insurgents NOT representative of active groups . . ! ! !

Thai govt has rejected the proposal

2nd coordinated attack in two weeks
April 7 insurgents set off dozens of bombs 
bringing down power lines, setting tires on fire to block roads
spike this month response to March 29 extrajudicial killing of 2 insurgents

want to show they can go after military and police targets 
reminding authorities of their capabilities
attacks aimed at forcing Thai govt to accept conditions for talks


My comments :  The way things have been since the 90s, this insurrection in Thailand (just like the Mindanao problem) will never cease until both Patani and Mindanao secede or become more autonomous from Thailand and the Philippines respectively.

I used to write a column called 'Human Rites' in The Sun newspaper.  My very last column (circa 2004) was about Mindanao and South Thailand.  I predicted violence would break out in South Thailand - which it did just a few weeks later. 

And now 13 more years have gone by, there is still no resolution in sight and I think there is a more aggressive kid on the block in Southern Thailand who has discovered Salafism.  There will be more explosions in Thailand which may extend into Kelantan. 

The problem for the Moros and the Patani folks are the Three Ds : Democracy, Demography and Distance.  Thailand has a population of 70 million people, while the Philippines has a population that slightly exceeds 100 million. The problematic Muslims number about 3-5 million people in both countries.  Both Bangkok and Manila are also about 1000 km away from their troubled southern districts.  Being democratic (including Thailand) democratic processes cater to the majority voters. So 3 - 5 million troublesome Muslims, located 1000 km away in the boondocks will not even be a pimple on the butt of their democracy.  They will be ignored. 

If they try to secede or cause too much chaos, 70 million Thais or 100 million Filipinos  will swat 3-4  million "trouble causers"  like flies.  This is what Duterte is doing now in Jolo and Basilan.

It is not without reason that both the Southern Thai Malays as well as the Moros have not taken their bombings to Bangkok or Manila respectively.  In retaliation the Thais can clear Bangkok of all ThaMalay taxi drivers (and there are many) in one day and exile them all back to Patani.

Back to the BRN, for the first time ever (in my recollection) the Barisan Revolusi Nasional  has issued a public statement.  This is a major development.

None of the Thai separatists are in the habit of issuing statements. Secrecy and anonymity have been their SOP for a long time.  (Other than our Universiti I___m Antarabangsa and our Special Branch) even the Thai public does not know who are the leaders of the :

BRN -  Barisan Revolusi Nasional  (Salafi)
RKK -  Runda Kumpulan Kecil   (Salafi)
GMIP - Gerakan Mujahidin Islam Patani  (Salafi / Al Qaeda)
BBMP - Barisan Bersatu Mujahidin Patani  (Salafi)
BNPP - National Front for the Liberation of Pattani
PULO - Pattani United Liberation Organisation  (Secular / Nationalist)


These folks are usually very  secretive.  

Malaysia's involvement (MKN, Research etc) in both Mindanao and Thailand has not brought any resolution to these conflicts. 

Face it ok - as negotiators or peacemakers Malaysia has failed miserably.  In the Philippines now, I think Duterte has completely kicked out Malaysia as a peace negotiator in Mindanao  - because for over 20 years or more we achieved nothing.  

(There is a reason for that  and I believe it is "blindness" caused by the really stupid religious blinkers among the Majlis M _ _ p Negara.)

And their worse failure was that Sulu invasion of Lahad Datu in February 2013.  235 syabu inspired  Sulus  actually held our territory for 41 days ! !  That is less than one company of soldiers. Can you believe that? 

Malaysia has also been overly involved in South Thailand - I think not in the best way. We have not contributed to a lasting peace. 

Now, with names like Barisan Revolusi Nasional and Mara Pattani even more crows will come home to roost.

Here is some QUICK background to the Pattani insurgency :

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Thailand_insurgency

earlier attacks drive-by shootings 
policemen shot by gunmen on motorcycles

after 2001 coordinated attacks on police stations 
slashing to death Buddhist monks
bombing Buddhist temples, beheadings
intimidating pork vendors and customers
arson attacks on schools
killing teachers, burning their bodies


Current insurgents proclaim  jihadism 
  • not separatist any more
  • led by Salafis
  • extreme and transnational religious goals
  • Islamic Caliphate
  • Salafis hostile to culture
  • immediate aim to make Patani ungovernable

Unfortunately for Southern Thailand (and Mindanao) the Malaysian government had plenty of money in the 1980s and 1990s.  So money was splashed around to participate in the peace process. It was really a covert attempt at 'Islamic brotherhood'. And in the 1980s The Super Agent of the Ikhwan Muslimin (Muslim Brotherhood) was already a powerful and influential operator in Malaysia.

If Muslims were in trouble, we had to go and help them. Why? 
Well because they were Muslims. What a stupid question.

It did not matter whether Patani, Mindanao, Bosnia, Rohingyas, Aceh or wherever. So long as they were Muslims - plus Malaysia had tons of money - we would go and help them.  Exactly what were the truths behind the conflict dynamics, the politics, the socio-economics, the cultures etc were not really important. They were Muslims, we were Muslims, both are good, so lets go help them.

So how could we be really honest peace brokers or peace negotiators?  We were motivated by common beliefs in four legged winged creatures flying through the sky.

And we can see what has happened after 20 years and 25 years.  Bosnia - Herzegovina is becoming a Salafi Mental Hospital in Europe.  Southern Thailand is getting worse. Mindanao too is never near any lasting solution.

It is true that Malaysia has been hosting thousands of southern Thai separatist leaders and their families inside Malaysia. We have been hosting tens of thousands of Southern Thai Malays for a very long time. They are all wonderful people, ordinary people just like you and me.  From a long time ago, we have had Southern Thais as our customers.  They work hard for their living and usually run food outlets.

But we never offered real solutions for the Southern Thai Malays. Or the Moros in Mindanao. I recall in the 90s and 2000s there was a race between UMNO and PAS to build madrassahs in Southern Thailand. Shahidan Kassim used to fund madrassahs across the border from Perlis. PAS used to fund madrassahs across the river in Golok. 

Then hundreds or thousands of Southern Thai folks were admitted into our local universities and institutions especially MARA, UIA etc.

The full name of that so called "MARA Coalition" among the Salafi groups in Southern Thailand is "Majlis Amanah Rakyat Patani".  Doesnt that sound all too familiar.

And here are the flags of two factions (sudah pecah dua dah) of the Barisan Revolusi Nasional :


Dont these flags look very similar to our flag? That star has 15 points.  15 States ? Of what?  As I said, our folks have been throwing money and inspiring the Southern Thais with strange and unworkable ideas. That is why their problems never get solved.

So some of them have decided to try other options. Here is another 'more contemporary' idea for a newer flag for the Daulah Islamiyah Fathoni :




That is the ISIS flag folks. You all better wake up.  

Other than me, no one (or very few people) seem to be keeping track of what is really going on among the people with-no-internal-plumbing in their homes.  Dont get caught napping. 

I know what some of you are thinking. Migration is not an option. This is our home too.  It is super easy to overcome all these problems and improve the lives of all these people. We have to hang together and act together. Otherwise we will hang separately.

Plus we must know the correct things to do.  Let us be united by other than four legged winged creatures.