Report ordered following claims of Wahabism and JI link

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 24 Jun 2010

PUTRAJAYA: Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom has ordered for a complete report to be made following claims that certain figures are linked or aligned to the Wahabi doctorine and radical Jemaah Islamiah (JI) terrorist group.

Jamil Khir said the report was to be submitted to him and Jakim for scrutiny as soon as possible following recent developments on the issue.

“While authorities are looking into this, we hope the public will not start labelling or accusing certain groups or individuals as extremists or link them with JI activities,” he told reporters on Thursday after meeting the 10 volunteers who were onboard the attacked aid-vessel Mavi Marmara which was part of the Freedom Flotilla bound for Gaza.

“The Government would like to assure the public that the matter is being closely monitored by the Home Ministry, Jakim and myself personally. We are waiting for the report and will determine if the allegations are indeed true.”

The minister was commenting on a portal news report quoting a Jakim senior officer who linked several political and religious figures in the country with the Wahabi doctorine, JI and militant movements.

The officer - Malaysian Islamic Training Institute (ILIM) assistant director Zamizam Mat Zin was said to have made an allegation that former and present Perlis mufti Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin and Dr Juanda Jaya, PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang and former Perlis mentri besar Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim were involved with JI.

Zamizam had since denied making such a statement, claiming that he had only mentioned Dr Asri’s name when presenting views on “religious terrorism” at a closed-door session organised by the police where he had said the latter’s religious thoughts was that of Wahabi.

Earlier, Deputy Higher Education Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah denied that = authorities are punishing those who followed Wahabism and linking them to terrorism.

He said it was inappropriate to label anyone or any organisation as being involved in terrorism and JI when the person was linked with the Wahabi school of thought.

Saifuddin said he was worried that the issue concerning the four people will be turned into Islamophobia, which is used by the West to link religion with terrorism.

He also said that the Government would never allow the process of intellectual and academic freedom in Malaysian universities to be suppressed.

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