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SCMP: Islamic Terrorism 'scaring off investors' - Badawi
By Baradan Kuppusamy
20/8/2001 7:53 pm Mon
[Kalaulah benar KMM mempunyai ahli sebanyak 10,000 ini bermakna
polis terlalu lambat bertindak jika benar mereka menggugat keselamatan
negara. Kenyataan Dollah Badawi bahawa pelabur tidak ingin ke Malaysia
kerana ancaman 'pengganas Islam' dan 'Malaysia adalah pusat (hub) baru
pengganas Islam' adalah kenyataan yang paling dungu sekali. Kalaulah
benar mereka mahu menggulingkan kerajaan lebih baik mereka menyerang
parlimen atau mahligai sahaja - bukannya kuil ataupun bank. Lagipun
Osama bin Laden tidak pernah merompak bank kerana dia sudah cukup kaya!
Kenyataan Dollah Badawi yang dungu ini akan semakin merosakkan ekonomi
Malaysia. Ia menunjukkan betapa hapraknya pemikiran dan analisis beliau.
Kalau beginilah cara dia berfikir alamat gulung tikarlah Malaysia...
The South China Morning Post, HK
20th August 2001
Islamic terrorism 'scaring off investors'
BARADAN KUPPUSAMY in Kuala Lumpur
The Government yesterday said it feared investors were going elsewhere
as the country is repeatedly hit by allegations of links to a new
menace of Islamic terrorism.
The official concerns were aired yesterday as police pressed ahead
with a crackdown on three home-grown militant groups, one of which has
more than 10,000 members, they claim.
Officers have arrested 16 people since Friday and recovered a cache of
high-powered rifles and explosives bought in the insurgency-hit
southern Philippine province of Mindanao, and cash from a raid in the
Malaysian state of Sabah. Police said the militants had excellent
links with similar groups in Indonesia and the Philippines and had
taken part in attacks on Christians in Maluku.
Six members of one militant group had fled, said police, who published
their photographs in local dailies on Saturday.
The Defence Ministry said the seized weapons did not originate in the
armed forces' arsenal.
Deputy Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said yesterday foreign
investors had raised concerns when holding talks with him. "They want
to know how serious the militant activities are." The investors were
not worried about the economy, growth rate or level of foreign
reserve, Mr Badawi said. They were more worried about their
investments in the face of threats from the Islamic militants. "They
could pull out and our people would lose their jobs," he said.
Mr Badawi denied charges from the main Islamic opposition Parti Islam
se-Malaysia (PAS) that the crackdown was politically motivated and
aimed at neutralising the growing influence of PAS. The Islamic party
made substantial gains at the expense of the ruling National Front
coalition in the 1999 general elections.
"We need to stop the activities of the militants as it would
ultimately affect the country's political and economic stability,"
said Mr Badawi.
PAS deputy president Abdul Hadi Awang said the Government wanted to
tie PAS with alleged Muslim extremists to scare the non-Muslim
Malaysians, who make up about 40 per cent of the 23 million
population. The son of PAS's spiritual leader, Abdul Aziz Mat, has
been detained in the sweep on groups linked to training bases in
The Islamic nature of PAS politics has also brought it into conflict
with a fellow party in the opposition coalition. The ethnic
Chinese-dominated Democratic Action Party (DAP) is evenly split over
whether to quit the Alternative Front coalition or stay put in the
face of the PAS insistence on forming an Islamic state once the
opposition wins power.
The opposition alliance, formed in 1999 after Prime Minister Mahathir
Mohamad sacked his deputy Anwar Ibrahim, is dominated by the PAS
although it is nominally led by the National Justice Party headed by
Anwar's wife Wan Azizah Ismail.
PAS did well in the 1999 general elections, unlike the DAP which lost
some Chinese support. Chinese voters seemingly feared the DAP's
alliance with PAS and stayed with the ruling coalition led by Dr
"We want PAS to state clearly that a vote for the opposition is not a
vote for an Islamic state," said DAP chairman Lim Kit Siang at a party
The DAP is against a PAS decision to ban alcohol, gambling and other
forms of "un-Islamic" entertainment. The PAS is also planning Islamic
laws allowing stoning and amputation of limbs for crimes such as theft
"Voters are at a crossroads, whether they should support the
opposition front with the unresolved Islamic state controversy or to
tolerate rule by the National Front," Mr Lim said, adding that the
issue would figure prominently in the 2004 general election.
Mr Lim admitted the party was deeply divided over the issue as
delegates voted to defer a decision to later in the year.
Malaysia regarded as new terrorism hub
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 19 (AFP) - Malaysia is seen as the new centre for Islamic
terrorism and the international community is concerned about rising militant activities in
the country, deputy Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has warned.
"Foreign visitors who called on me recently had brought up the issue. They are not
interested to know about the economy or the country's growth rate," Abdullah told the
Sunday Star newspaper.
"What they want to find out is how serious are militant activities here as they fear it
would affect their investments and interests," Malaysian police said Friday that local
groups were collecting firearms from the southern Philippines for Islamic fighters
waging a "holy war" in Indonesia's Ambon island.
Two Malaysians and 13 Indonesians were arrested on July 26 off the coast of Tawau in
Sabah state with a cache of weapons including two M16 rifles, six pistols and
ammunition, police inspector general Norian Mai said.
The Malaysians were detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA) which allows
indefinite detention without trial.
Abdullah's acknowledgment of the problem comes amid revelations that four Muslim
Malaysians are suspected of involvement in a series of bombings in Indonesia.
Malaysian newspapers have said that police have launched an investigation to establish
whether the four had links to the so-called "Malaysian Mujahideen Group".
The group is accused of waging a "holy war" and is blamed for a spate of crimes
including robbery, murder and bombing a church and an Indian temple.
Abdullah, who is also the home (interior) minister, said the government had to act to
stop militant activities to allay investor fears.
"That is why we need to put a stop to the activities by the militant groups as it would
ultimately affect the country's political and economic stability," he said.
"It would also have an impact on individuals who would lose their jobs when investors
pull out of the country."
Ten alleged members of the Malaysian Mujahideen Group, including seven members of
the opposition Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS), were detained last month under the ISA.
Malays, who are mostly Muslim, make up more than half of Malaysia's 23 million
population, while ethnic Chinese account for 25 percent and Indians about seven