How did these Muslims stray from the famously “moderate” Islam of Malaysia? Why wasn’t that “moderate” Islam not sufficient for them? Why was it not able to withstand the challenge from the supposedly “hijacked” “radical” version?
“6 Islamic State suspects arrested in Johor for planning attacks on places of worship,” Channel News Asia, March 24, 2018:
KUALA LUMPUR: Seven suspected terrorists have been arrested in Johor and Sabah, said Malaysian police on Saturday (Mar 24).
Six of them, Malaysians from an Islamic State cell, were arrested in Johor for allegedly planning attacks on non-Muslim places of worship and plotting to kill police personnel, while an Abu Sayyaf member was detained in Sabah, said the police in a statement….
In the first operation, police arrested a 37-year-old man believed to be the mastermind of the planned attacks on places of worship in Johor Bahru. He also actively recruited new militants, said Inspector-General of Police Mohamad Fuzi Harun.
“The second suspect is a 49-year-old security guard and adviser to the terror cell,” he said, adding that the suspect was in charge of ensuring cell members kept their activities secret. He also gave orders to kill any member who leaked secrets. The third suspect was a 30-year-old security guard who was tasked with acquiring firearms from another country. He also scouted several places of worship across Johor Bahru….