KOTA KINABALU: Parti Warisan Sabah's Sekong candidate Alias Sani (pic) has denied being a religious extremist.
“I am no terrorist, I am just a person who loves to study Islam and donate whenever I can,” said Alias, who was an Internal Security Act (ISA) detainee.
He said when he was arrested and accused of funding militant activities, there was no proof connecting him to the allegations.
“I like to donate whenever possible and I do not know the backgrounds of those whom I donate to,” Alias said.
He said his detention from 2003-2007 was also just for prevention purposes, as there was never any conviction against him for being involved in any militant activities.
He also does not see this as something that would affect his chances of winning the Sekong seat.
“The people here know who I am, and they know that I am not a bad person,” Alias said.
He added that it is important for all Malaysians to stay united and promote togetherness as well as tolerance with one another to ensure peace and harmony in this country.
He added that Islam itself also promotes peace and respect.
“Our country can never and will never progress holistically if we are not able to unite and work together as one,” said the religious teacher who runs a private school in the area.
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