There’s no denying that a version of intolerance is being preached in our institutions of learning.
Now that two of the terrorists in the July 1 Dhaka attack have been identified as former students in Malaysia, perhaps the police should investigate local universities to see if they are breeding grounds for terrorism.
The IGP, Khalid Abu Bakar, should tell us whether he is working with university authorities to find out how rampant the spread of hate ideology is.
Our teenagers attend university to receive an education, but it appears that education cannot change radical mindsets.
The parents of Nibras Islam, one of the terrorists in the Dhaka attack, apologised for their son’s part in the massacre of 22 people, saying they were baffled that such an “honest, humble and quiet boy” could do what he did.
How well do parents know their children? We regularly read about raids on budget hotels that are conducted by moral police. Adult men are often caught with their underage girlfriends. In one case, a 15-year-old girl staged her own kidnapping, sparking a national outcry. After she was found, she said she decided to elope with her boyfriend because she hated her home environment.
Many a teenager has been caught driving his parents’ car with neither a licence nor the parents’ permission. The late Aminulrasyid Amzah, whom police pumped with 17 bullets, was a joyrider. Didn’t his parents realise that he was not at home in the early hours of the morning?
Mat Rempits race along roads, but they often flee the scene when the police approach. Are their parents oblivious to their nocturnal activities?
Young children in school uniforms are found lepaking in shopping malls or hiding away with boyfriends or girlfriends in the more private corners of a park.
Many mamak stalls are frequented by children and teenagers even as late 3am. Why are they not in bed, ready for school in the morning? Don’t their parents set boundaries?
Soon after it was revealed that two of the Dhaka terrorists had enrolled at a Malaysian university, Mara Chairman Annuar Musa warned both local and overseas Mara students that their sponsorship would be withdrawn if they were linked to terrorism. His remark was probably prompted by Deputy Prime Minster Zahid Hamidi’s statement that the Daesh influence was strongest in universities.
Withdrawal of sponsorship is not good enough. We need to get to the root of the problem and see how far radicalism has spread in our institutions of learning. How is it propagated? Do certain hate groups promote intolerance? There should be an immediate crackdown, but we only hear sound bites from our politicians.
The irony is that our universities also preach their own version of intolerance. Muslims get preferential treatment, and bumiputraism and stilted Islamisation have resulted in open hostility towards non-Malays and non-Muslims.
So, as our authorities try to put things right, they should also be putting their own house in order. You can’t expect students to be tolerant when the universities preach bigotry.
Mariam Mokhtar is an FMT columnist.
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Shut up! You helped create IS, Marina tells politicians, ulama
Social activist Marina Mahathir is livid with those whom she claims helped create Islamic State, but are now advising others not to join the terror group.
According to her, it also involved not thinking like IS militants.
Marina said people should realise that not joining IS cannot be limited to the act of taking up arms.
“The thing is, a lot of people do think like IS but may never take up violence. But it just takes one person to create the havoc.
“And when that one person does, regardless of whether they are IS or not, then others can’t quite condemn him. Because actually they agree with him,” she added.
Therefore, she said the cycle continued.
“So when I see politicians and ulama (clerics) say ‘don’t join IS’, all I want to say is ‘shut up because you helped create them’,” she added.
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