This is an interview between the host Professor James Chin of the Jeffrey Cheah Institute on South East Asia at Sunway University and tProfessor Joseph Liow who heads the Rajaratnam School of International Studies at the Nanyang Technical University in Singapore. It is less than 15 minutes and worth listening to carefully.
I happened to meet and have a useful discussion with Professors Joseph Liow and James Chin on the same day this video was recorded.
The folks in Singapore run institutes and think tanks that are really sharp on all the goings on around them, especially among the bungling Islamic countries. Their approach is constant vigilance. Do watch the video.
Here is the link : https://youtu.be/BQdogb5hNZQ
My comments : Note how Prof Joseph Liow just matter of factly mentions Pakistan and Saudi Arabia as supporters of terrorism. Meaning they must be state sponsors of terrorism. And yet no action is taken against these two countries.
Afghanistan in the 1990s was actually a bachelor's game. Not a single Malaysian jihadi was allowed to marry an Afghan girl. Some people say the Afghans are very proud. Well the Afghans can actually be quite racist. "You can come and fight for my country, thank you, but you are not marrying my daughter". So after a few years of being "bachelors" our lonely-hearts mujahideen came back home from Afghanistan to reconnect with their jandas in the kampongs.
In the second decade of the 21st century they have taken their families with them to Syria and Iraq. Some turban stood on a rock and said, "I am the Caliph" and these folks dropped their cangkuls and jobs and flocked to Syria. They must be seriously stupid. The Arabs too will never welcome them. Plus the ISIS has lost the war in Iraq and Syria. So now the jihadi terrorists have to come back, with their wives and children.
Joseph Liow says the "ISIS narrative" is still there. It is challenging. What is this narrative?
This is the narrative of "my imaginary pet unicorn is better than your imaginary pet unicorn". Lets stop for a while dear Muslim reader. Dont you also believe in this "imaginary pet flying unicorn" ? Welcome to ISIS. You only differ by degree.
The problem is the ostards are sympathetic with and support certain narratives that are also shared by the ISIS. So indirectly the ostards speak for the ISIS as well - without even realising it. They are all cut from the same cloth.
For example, by constantly harping against the Shiahs, the state sponsored ostards like the ones we have in Jakim etc are directly also parroting the ISIS narrative, and thereby they are helping spread the ISIS recruitment campaign.