In reminder to stay united, Zahid to screen IS beheadings at Umno assembly

Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi is expected to shock Umno delegates this Saturday by showing uncensored videos of beheadings by militant group Islamic State (IS) during his winding-up speech at the party’s general assembly. — Reuters pic
Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi is expected to shock Umno delegates this Saturday by showing uncensored videos of beheadings by militant group Islamic State (IS) during his winding-up speech at the party’s general assembly. — Reuters pic

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KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 27 — Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi is expected to shock Umno delegates this Saturday by showing uncensored videos of beheadings by militant group Islamic State (IS) during his winding-up speech at the party’s general assembly.

English daily New Straits Times (NST) quoted the Umno vice-president as saying that the video will serve as a “warning” to the Umno delegates of a possible future for the country should they fail to unite against the threat.

“If they still do not wise up and realise the seriousness to be united, this will happen. I want to show them (the delegates) that the threat is real,” he told reporters after a meeting with representatives of Palestinian resistance movement Hamas.

Among those from Hamas in the meeting were Political Affairs head Mohammad Naser and Islamic Relations head Dr Khaled Qadami.

Yesterday, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak tabled a White Paper in Parliament titled “Addressing the threat of Islamic State”, where he outlined the history of IS, the threat the group poses and the impact it has on Malaysians as well as the danger in allowing its skewed Islamic teachings and practice of violence to spread in Malaysia.

According to the White Paper sighted by Malay Mail Online, of the 39 Malaysians there, 17 were involved in IS while 22 joined Ajnad al-Sham.

Six of them were former Internal Security Act detainees, of which five were from the Kumpulan Militan Malaysia (JMM) and one former Jemaah Islamiah (JI) member, the document wrote.

The bill is expected to be debated during the next Parliamentary sitting in March next year.

Putrajaya also proposed a new law to combat the rise of influence of terrorist groups such as IS as the militant groups continue to gain ground globally and dozens of Malaysians leave to join the fight.

Zahid confirmed yesterday that the new anti-terrorism law will contain “preventive measures”, prompting fears from critics of a return to detentions without trial that could open the door to power abuse.

He pointed out that existing laws like the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act (Sosma) 2012 and the Prevention of Crime (Amendment and Extension) Act (Poca) 2013 only deal with terrorism after an act is committed.

This year alone, IS has beheaded an unknown number of Syrians, several Lebanese soldiers, at least 10 Kurds, two American journalists, and one American and two British aid workers.

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