"Being the largest contributor to achieving excellence in the country, the younger generation must avoid from being trapped in this negativity.
"We cannot just be wary of traditional threats, it has become apparent that contemporary threats disrupt not only peace within a nation but also the politics, social and economic growth," he said during a special dialogue session with the Inspector General of Police (IGP): The Role of Students in Confronting National Security Threats at the Mu'adzam Shah Hall yesterday afternoon.
He added that this extremist movement continues to challenge the security of nations across the globe.
He added that the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) is always alert and has taken proactive action against those who are trying to raise sentiments which will drive a wedge between the races in this country.
“The Daesh movement strives hard to foil our efforts in order to thwart their influence via communications technology. With only 15 percent of face-to-face contact, they try to spread their influence via social media such as Facebook and Instagram.
"To deal with such a threat, there is a need for us to remain steadfast and be able to withstand the challenges brought upon by this movement. To do this, people should adhere to the principles of the Rukun Negara," he said.
At the event, he also enlightened the audience on matters regarding the security challenges faced by the country as well as the preventive measures taken by PDRM.
He reiterated that the police would continue to monitor the threat of terrorism and pleaded members of the public to share the responsibility of preventing crime.
Meanwhile, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Dato' Seri Dr Mohamed Mustafa Ishak said, people can no longer take for granted issues related to national security threats.
He said that the tasks of police have become much more challenging since criminals have become increasingly sophisticated in the way they think and many have relied on the use of technology to execute their crimes.
"The threat today comes not only in a direct form but also in ways which involve ideologies that are formerly associated with the communists as well as the more recent terrorists or Islamic State (IS) or Daesh.
"Last year, UUM conducted a survey on matters related to the Daesh extremist movement involving 2000 respondents who were divided according to zones across the peninsula. The results revealed that 15.1 per cent of the respondents expressed respect for the Daesh ideology; 19.5 per cent of respondents would readily contribute to the cause as militia; 7.9 per cent would donate or provide financial assistance to Daesh and 9.3 per cent believed that those who die fighting for the Daesh cause should be recognized as martyrs," he said.
He added, however, that the percentages may have changed since those involved are still unclear about Daesh when the study was done.
He further added that there is no compromise in the issue of national security threats and that these threats should not be underestimated. If not curbed immediately through concrete measures such as providing more detailed explanations about Daesh, the younger generation especially university students would not be able to get the true picture of the malevolence caused by Daesh.
The Vice-Chancellor said the programme serves as a venue to provide explanation of the Daesh movement and also to increase awareness about national security amongst the UUM campus community. Besides, it also forges closer links between the police and higher education institutions especially UUM.
Over 1000 students attended the dialogue session in which they also had the opportunity to address questions to the Chief of Police in the Q and A session with the Chief of Police.
Also present were the Directors of various departments at Bukit Aman, the Chief of Police from the various states, PDRM and UUM senior officials.
Translated by Mahaliza Mahadhir
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