KOTA KINABALU (Bernama) – Setting up Consolidated Youth Associations in Eastern Sabah Security Zone (ESSzone) at every district of the Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCom) can help disseminate useful information to youths on threats posed by the Islamic State (IS) movement in the middle east.
Consolidated Youth Associations in Eastern Sabah Security Zone chairman Mohd Zaki Harry Susanto said the ESSCom need to carry out activities to get closer to youths and explain security issues in ESSZone, especially the threat of IS militants.
He said ESSCom’s initiatives must be proactive and not allow any room for sentiments that can pose a threat to the security of the nation and disrupt the peace of the country.
“Youths, especially those in the 10 ESSZone districts, need to be provided correct information so that they will not be influenced by the un-Islamic ideologies of deviationist groups like IS that does not reflect the true struggles of Muslims.
“The support for IS declared by some in Southern Philippines is a warning to us, especially Sabah, because such groups are ready to garner support through any form of approach,” he told Bernama in a statement yesterday when commenting on Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishamuddin Hussein’s remarks that Sabah may be facing a serious security problem if militant groups in Southern Philippines had links with IS.
Hishammuddin made the remarks following a declaration by Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), a militant organisation based in Mindanao, and Abu Sayyaf that they supported IS, and claimed that such threats cannot be overlooked because the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) had declared his intention to form an Islamic state in Southern Philippines.