Prime Minister NajibRazak announced that Malaysia will set up its first counter-messaging centre in a bid to curb the influence of the Islamic State in the cyber world.A counter-messaging centre will be operational by April 1 to tackle terrorism threats.
- Malaysia is taking the fight against the Islamic State online with the launch of the country’s first counter-messaging centre.
- Every state in Malaysia will have a unit to counter ISIS narratives on the internet and stop them from radicalising and recruiting Malaysians to join the militants in SyriaCurrently there is only one such facility is the United States and another based in Dubai, the setting up of a counter-messaging centre in Southeast Asia is long overdue.
- The Malaysian police have also banned several religions groups with militant tendencies, and are closely monitoring some of religious schools.
Islamic State of Iraq and Syria:
- ISIS is a distinctive variety of Islam with most committed and fanatical radical organization has only recently gone by its current name, after the unrecognized Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham was proclaimed in April last year.
- It is derived from the religious precepts of Islam, particularly theQuranand the The militant group is extend from Raqqa in northern Syria all the way down to the outskirts of Baghdad a stretch of more than 500 km, though the group doesn’t have comprehensive oversight of the roads and settlements between them.
- The Group operates as a half-mafia-style commercial enterprise, half pious international charity, looking for wealthy donors in the Gulf States and throughout the globe.
- Capital: Kuala Lumpur
- Currency: Malaysian Ringgit
- Prime Minister: Najib Razak