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Fwd Startfor: Fishy Tales
By web aNtu
10/7/2000 8:59 pm Mon
Perhatikan MOTIF sebenar misi ini - apakah untuk rompak atau utk menyenangkan
pelupuskan al maunah N seterusnya membuang sebarang penggunaan nama Islam dalam
organisasi2 yg tidak disenangi juak2 keparat UMNO?
Tindakkan tidak pro sprt membuat bising, mencuba peluru, meninggalkan pajero utk
mudah dikesan, dll. seolah2 mahu memberitahu "kami ada kat sini. - cepat lah
Pada hemat saya, K15 telah digunakan utk menangkap al maunah... bukannya general
bertopi itu. Masakan dalam bersila boleh tepis peluru N terkena org lain. Inikan
pula peluru itu datang dari muncung bekas seorang askar ... Askar yg waras tidak
akan duduk dekat dengan musuhnya, apalagi musuh yg byk pengalaman!
Something Fishy About Malaysia's Islamic Cult
0011 GMT, 000706
The Malaysian military has surrounded armed members of what they call an
Islamic spiritual cult in northern Malaysia. The group was responsible
for a high-profile July 2 raid on a Malaysian military facility, in
which they impersonated officers on a surprise inspection, carting off
more than one hundred firearms and thousands of rounds of ammunition.
The raid demonstrated an intimate knowledge of military procedures and
terminology at the base, as well as substantial preparation. Despite
this, the group apparently intentionally led the military to its
hideout, suggesting a deeper motivation for the operation than simply
On June 12, 15 uniformed men posing as officers entered a Malaysian army
checkpoint and the Territorial Army Camp near Gerik, in northern Perak
state, according to Malaysian media. The men, claiming to be on a
surprise inspection tour, were shown to the armory and loaded more than
100 machine guns and small arms and thousands of rounds of ammunition on
The Hollywoodesque nature of the raid belies deeper considerations.
Inspector General of the Police Norian Mai said some of the members had
military knowledge, but could not confirm rumors that they were AWOL
soldiers, according to the New Straits Times. The group spoke fully in
military language and instructions, according to Malaysian Defense
Minister Najib Tun Razak in the Utusan Express.
In addition to having a clear knowledge of military operations, they had
knew the base and were able to portray officers credibly. They had
access to uniforms, weapons and military-style trucks and were well
prepared for the operation in other ways. A few days before the raid,
the group was seen in uniform near Sauk, where it is currently holed up;
local residents a#sumed it was a military training exercise, according
to the New Straits Times citing a local chief.
Prior to that, locals saw the group digging holes in the area, but
mistook them for a road crew, according to the national Bernama news
agency. This digging was likely in preparation for their base, as the
area is known for caves and secret pa#sages, and was used by communist
insurgents decades earlier.
The Malaysian security forces tracked the group to their hideout after
locals reported gunshots and explosions, and the three trucks they were
driving were found in a nearby orchard, according to the New Straits
Times. The group apparently had little desire to keep itself hidden,
surprising even Malaysia's security forces. Norian said there was
apparently little reason for the group to fire their weapons, and thus
give away their position, unless they just wanted to shoot or try out
the new weapons, according to the New Straits Times.
After carrying out a well-planned and flawless operation, the imposters
apparently behaved in a wantonly unprofessional manner. The two
incidents are hard to reconcile, it seems the group, which took three
hostages, wanted to be found and to draw the army into a standoff.
There was little need for the group to make a high profile raid on an
army camp simply to acquire weapons. They were already armed when they
carried out the raid, and northern Malaysia is a transshipment area for
arms from Thailand and Cambodia to places like Indonesia's Aceh and the
southern Philippines. This suggests deeper motivation for the operation
and raises questions as to the identity of the group.
They were too high profile to be arms smugglers or drug runners, too
efficient and knowledgeable to be simply cultists. The well planned
operation raises questions about how deeply involved the group is within
the Malaysian military whether they are AWOL soldiers, active
soldiers, or even officers carrying out a special operation.
Carrying out the operation and attracting the attention of the
military to their hideout may have been an attempt to lure the
military into a trap. The group was already seen actively preparing
their base prior to the raid in an area rife with tunnels and smuggling.
It may also be a diversion for something else, perhaps a large-scale
drug, arms or personnel shipment between Thailand and Malaysia or out of
Malaysia by sea.
The foreknowledge of military techniques and terminology and the
high-profile nature of the raid, coupled with the labeling of the group
by security forces as Islamic cult members and the apparent lack of
casualties suggests another option. The operation may have been an
elaborate staging by elements in the military to enhance the apparent
threat of Islamic fundamentalists in Malaysia, something about which the
government is already expressing concern.
Whether the threat from an active and armed Islamic cult is real or
fabricated, the Malaysian military and government will now focus more
directly on the northern provinces, where Islamic political parties have
been gaining strength. While the group's motivation for the arms raid is
unclear, what is clear is that it was more than simply Islamic