Malaysians taking loans to join Isis, reports paper

The Malaysian Insider
11 January 2015

Some Malaysians have gone to the extent of taking personal loans from banks and moneylenders in order to join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (Isis) in the Middle East.

The South China Morning Post quoted Malaysian counter-terrorism officials as saying the loans were taken to fund passage and living expenses in Syria and Iraq.

“At least two women have taken personal loans to pay for their passage to Syria to join Isis and also to fund their living expenses there,” the official told SCMP.

“One woman took a RM20,000 personal loan from RHB Bank while the other borrowed RM6,000 from a licensed moneylender.”

SCMP reported that the emerging trend comes after an Isis cell leader in Malaysia urged followers to apply for the loans in order to help them join the fight in the Middle East.

Despite numerous Isis supporters and sympathisers being arrested by police, Malaysians have not been discouraged from attempting to join up with Isis.

To date, at least 59 Malaysians are officially known to have joined Isis.

More than 65 have been arrested by police either on their way to Syria and Iraq or on their way back since the start of last year.

“There are no indications that these two women will return to Malaysia. The chances of that is very slim, hence the loan is not likely to be repaid,” the official told SCMP.

Apart from seeking martyrdom, some Malaysians went to Syria because they wanted to live in an Islamic caliphate, which was declared in an area straddling Syria and Iraq in June last year.

Malaysia, according to Isis supporters, is an infidel state as it maintains a secular constitution.

“We arrested a family of five in Shah Alam who sold off their business, property and land and were about to move to Syria,” said the official.

Shah Alam is located 25 kilometres outside the capital city of Kuala Lumpur.

“This family owns one restaurant and three kindergartens,” the official said.

At least six Malaysians have died in Syria and Iraq fighting for Isis, said the official, who also confirmed that a former Malaysian Armed Forces commando was among 135 Isis-linked militants detained by Saudi Arabian authorities in Riyadh in December. – January 11, 2015.

  1. #1 by Bigjoe on Monday, 12 January 2015 - 8:55 am

    To the Islamic statist – there are 1.6 billion Muslims and 5.5 billion non-Muslim in the world. The Islamic state they propose does not recognize other systems and choices other than theirs. How do they propose to get 5.5billion people they have to live with in this globalizing world to agree with them?

    • #2 by cemerlang on Monday, 12 January 2015 - 10:02 am

      Even the country of origin is wrong ???

  2. #3 by Justice Ipsofacto on Monday, 12 January 2015 - 9:35 am

    ///Malaysia, according to Isis supporters, is an infidel state as it maintains a secular constitution.///

    One brief statement in the paper. One astronomical trouble boiling for the nation.

  3. #4 by boh-liao on Monday, 12 January 2015 - 11:53 am

    OK 2 take loan leh, Y so SMALL loan (RM6-20K) 1
    After all, no need 2 pay back mah, 1 way ticket

    What abt Malaysia, d nation – Got need 2 take loan or not aah? Bad news on many fronts leh

  4. #5 by worldpress on Monday, 12 January 2015 - 1:20 pm

    It’s about heaven and GOD.
    What kind of heaven if these believe be entered?

  5. #6 by worldpress on Monday, 12 January 2015 - 1:24 pm

    Any peace?

  6. #7 by good coolie on Monday, 12 January 2015 - 10:16 pm

    If the ISIS fellows can show me that their state is the ideal state where there is liberty, fraternity and equality, I too will take a loan (from the fellows who will pungut balik secara “halus”) to go and live in that halcyon land.

  7. #8 by boh-liao on Tuesday, 13 January 2015 - 8:12 am

    Think of row upon row of young n voluptuous virgins waiting 2 welcome U, won’t U quickly n die die must take a loan 2 go there?

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