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    Malaysia views Isis as a terrorist organisation, says Wisma Putra

    Posted on August 25th, 2014 by Info@CozWeAreFriends

    Putrajaya considers the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (Isis) to be a terrorist organisation and does not condone any of its activities, said Wisma Putra, adding that police have been weeding out members of the group as well as sympathisers.

    “It has been revealed that some Malaysians have been influenced to support Isis, joining this group of extremists to wage jihad,” Wisma Putra said in a statement released yesterday.

    “Since the beginning of the year, authorities have conducted operations to arrest Malaysians or foreigners living here who have been involved in alleged terrorism activities.”

    Wisma Putra said that Isis had caused injuries and loss of lives to innocent civilians in Iraq, and as such, Putrajaya strongly condemned the group’s actions.
    “Malaysia has called for the formation of a Global Movement of Moderates and continues to advocate moderation and tolerance.”

    Between January and June this year, Malaysian police arrested 19 people including two women for involvement in militant activities.

    Police also revealed that at least 50 Malaysians are currently believed to be in Syria, fighting alongside Isis forces.

    Wisma Putra acknowledged police concerns about the possible threats posed by Malaysian jihadists, saying Putrajaya was monitoring such activities.

    “Putrajaya has always been on the alert concerning activities and threats which could be detrimental to internal security and public order.”

    Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak had previously said Umno members should emulate Isis as their spirit of defying vastly superior odds was admirable.

    Isis fighters had initially been outnumbered by Iraqi forces during their conflict but still managed to emerge triumphant.

    Wisma Putra’s statement yesterday was in response to an article published by news portal Malaysiakini entitled “Minister, who really is Isis?” on August 19.

    Wisma Putra also denied that Malaysia had paid any form of monetary compensation to Ukrainian separatists in return for the flight recorders of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

    “No monetary exchange had transpired for the release of MH17 flight recorders. It is important the public be made aware of this clarification.”

    While Malaysia does not believe in negotiating with terrorists or condoning such activities, the case of flight MH17 was a unique event.

    “Malaysia had no other option but to engage in negotiations with all parties in the Ukraine,” Wisma Putra said, adding that extraordinary situations called for extraordinary measures.

    “The engagement was done with the sole purpose of recovering the remains of passengers aboard flight MH17 and to recover the flight recorders,” Wisma Putra added. – August 25, 2014.

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