Brunei gov’t yet to receive verified info on arrest of Bruneian man in Saudi

THE Brunei government has yet to receive information confirming a news report of a Bruneian man recently arrested in Saudi Arabia over alleged terror links, said the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).

In a press statement issued yesterday, PMO said its National Security Committee together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade are working closely with the relevant authorities of Saudi Arabia to verify the authenticity of the news report.

A story that appeared on the Saudi Gazette website quoted unnamed sources claiming security forces have apprehended a Bruneian man in Riyadh on suspicion of terrorism.

The Jeddah-based English newspaper said the unidentified man was arrested last Saturday without resistance and is being investigated for his involvement in terror operations that took place in Saudi as well as connections or support for terrorist organisations.

However, the sultanate’s National Security Committee has not received any information to date confirming the news report.

The Brunei Embassy in Riyadh and the Consulate General in Jeddah did not report any involvement of registered Bruneian citizens in suspected terrorist activities, while the Ministry of Religious Affairs through its Haj Management Department confirmed no Bruneian pilgrims were involved.

Saudi Gazette did not state which terrorist organisation the accused Bruneian was affiliated with, but reported that a growing number of expatriates have joined ISIS in the past two years.

Its security sources said ISIS was focused on recruiting expatriates particularly those who have lived in Saudi Arabia over a long period, during which they acquired knowledge of the local towns and cities.

The Brunei Times

Saturday, 17 September 2016



Brunei citizen held in Riyadh for link with terror network


Mishal Al-Otaibi


THE Saudi security forces have arrested a man from Brunei Darussalam accused of terrorism.

He is the first man from this southeast Asian country to be apprehended on charges of terrorism.

The security sources did not identify the man but said he was arrested in Riyadh last Saturday without any resistance.

They said the accused is currently being investigated to verify his involvement in terror operations that took place in the Kingdom or if he had any connections with or had supported terrorist organizations in the country.

The sources noted that a growing number of expatriates had joined Daesh (the so-called IS) during the past two years.

They said Daesh was focusing on the recruitment of expatriates especially those who had lived in the Kingdom for long years during which they acquired a fair knowledge of Saudi towns and cities.

Saudi Gaette

Fri, 16 September 2016

Brunei citizen held in Riyadh for link with terror network

Meanwhile, Brunei government refuted it by saying that the accused is not listed in its immigration database.







“Moon Split on America’s Sky”, A Relevant Film Answering Terrorism

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ACTS of terrorism are always associated with Islam, and have recently occurred in Paris, France, it seems relevant to the issues raised in the film Bulan Terbelah di Langit Amerika (Moon Split  on American’s Sky) which is released in mid-December. As reported by various media, the attackers in Paris were the ‘radical jihadists’ who sought to spread terror in the name of Islam.


The film which is adapted from the novel with  the same title by Hanum Rais  and   Rangga Almahendra  tells of terror 9 November 2001 that occurred in the twin towers of the World Trade Center, New York. According Hanum, Bulan Terbelah di Langit Amerika raises about the name of Islam which was hijacked, and since the 2001 tragedy occurred evenly Islamophobia are spread in the Western world.

“Islamophobia gradually reduced, then it nurtured again because of act which  is always to discredit Islam, such as the recent event in Paris. This film will answer about whether Islam like that? Certainly not with words, but by braiding of the story, adapted from a lot of stories about 9/11 from the families of the  WTC victims, and the other angles, “said Hanum in a media release  to, Tuesday (17/11/15).


From the novel story,  Hanum and Rangga wrote about half of the seconds of the plane that crashed into the WTC twin towers in 2001 from the perspective of someone who witnessed it. This book tells about the dilemma of a Muslim journalist named Hanum, who was asked to write an article entitled ‘Would the World Be A Better Place without Islam? ‘ by a news agency published in the West.


Tue, 17 November 2015



‘Religious differences should not harm unity’: Indonesian Muslim Scholar


INTERFAITH cooperation is the way forward in maintaining unity among ASEAN member states and protecting their people from being drawn into radicalisation and violent extremism, a visiting Indonesian religious leader said.

Kyai Hj Hasyim Muzadi (pictured), a member of Indonesia’s Presidential Advisory Board, said ASEAN member states need to understand that they have people practising different religions in their countries.

“Differences in religious beliefs should not harm the unity and humanity,” he told reporters on the sidelines of his visit here yesterday.

KH Hasyim Muzadi

KH Hasyim Muzadi

The religious leader had earlier this week met His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam.

He said ASEAN should set a good example of promoting common understanding among people with different religious backgrounds.

To combat terrorism, he said ASEAN countries should promote “moderate thoughts of Islam, and put the religion in its place”.

“ASEAN should combat terrorism through moderation, not fundamentalism, not liberalism because moderation is the balance between faith and tolerance,” he said.

“If we have faith without tolerance, we will head towards fundamentalism and radicalism. If we radicalise religion, we will probably lose our faith and integrity in Islam or in other religions,” he added.

Kyai also spoke on the importance of building unity in diversity and putting into practice the rule of law.

“Each country in ASEAN must safeguard their people (against radicalisation and violent extremism) by putting into practice the rules and unity in the respective nation, such unity will subsequently be implemented together in the region as a whole,” he said.

Kyai said the real threat in connection to extremism includes an influx of thoughts that did not originate from Southeast Asia, but from other regions such as the Middle East or Europe.

“When such thoughts spread in the ASEAN region, what they bring in is not their religious faith or rituals but their political system and political situation from their country of origin,” he added.

The cleric also spoke on the importance of building unity in diversity and putting into practice the rule of law.

Earlier this month, the Special ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on the Rise of Radicalisation and Violent Extremism was held in Kuala Lumpur, in view of the security threats terrorist groups pose.

The Brunei Times

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Seven Islamic websites raise protest over blocking

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Muhammad Arief Iskandar/Uu.H-YH/INE/KR-BSR/F001

SEVEN Islamic websites lodged a protest and complaint over the blocking of their content by the Indonesian Ministry of Informatics and Communication on the request of the National Counter Terrorism Agency (BNPT).

Leaders and newsmen of,,,,,, and visited the ministrys office, on Tuesday, to meet Danrivanto Budhijanto, the expert staff for legal and strategic regulation affairs.

Mahladi, the chief editor of Hidayatullah, who acted as the speaker for the delegation, stated that their websites were blocked without being informed about what they had done wrong.

“It just happened. We did not know what was wrong. We were not informed before,” he said.

He noted that no regulation regarding negative content had been violated.

In view of that, he remarked that they had lodged the protest and complaint as no content published on their websites had violated Ministerial Regulation Number 19/2014 regarding the handling of internet sites carrying negative content.

He said they had demanded normalization of their websites in line with Article 16 of the ministerial regulation and removal of their sites from the Trust Positif database.

“Thirdly, we would like to have an opportunity to hold a dialog with parties that have demanded the blocking of our sites,” he noted.

In response, Danrivanto extended his apologies over the inconvenience caused due to the blocking of the websites.

He explained that his side had blocked the websites following the BNPTs request, and so, he would mediate a meeting between them and the BNPT.

The informatics and communication ministry has recently blocked 19 websites following the request of BNPT as it was believed that the sites were spreading radicalism.

Tue, 31 March 2015

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The Burning Europe

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WHAT really happen in several countries in Europe? France’s Charlie Hebdo magazine was being attacked. About 12 people were murdered, including a Muslim police — out of two police who were killed during the attack.

The Moroccan-born Muslim police is Ahmad Murabith, 42 years. In the footage, his foot was shot. When he tried to get up, an attacker confronted him and shot him right in his head. He fell and died in the place.

Few days later, a gunman took a number of hostages n Jewish kosher supermarket Hyper Cache in Vincennes, Paris. The gunman and four hostages were killed during the police raid.

A day after Charlie Hebdo attack, British Intelligence Agency, MI5, warned that Al Qaeda militants in Syria were plotting attacks to inflict mass casualties in the West. The aim is to create massive casualties similar to what they have killed in World Trade Center, New York, US in 2001. Al Qaeda killed nearly 3,000 people.

“The often attack transport system or iconic targets,” Head of MI5 Security Service, Andrew Parker, said.

Few days before in Germany, or Dresden to be exact, up to 18,000 people attended a rally with the Anti-Islamic Pegida (Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West). The rally has spread to Munich, Berlin, Tostock, Wurzburg, Dusseldorf and Bonn.

The racial rally was responded by another group which defends Muslim community in Germany. With similar number of people, they upstaged a rallt in Dresden, Berlin, Cologne, Stuttgart, Muenster and Hamburg. Fortunately, the two groups didn’t clash.

Islamophobia or hatred towards Islam, Muslims or of ethnic groups perceived to be Muslim appears in other countries in Europe. Besides France and Germany, the attack towards Muslim and its facilities happened in Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Austria, and others. Several mosques were attacked and burned down.

With two bloody events in Paris, the tension emerges in Europe. Europe is burning. Distrust and suspicion even develop in citizen of Europe, especially towards Muslim.

In Belgium, al Sharq al Awsat reported that Muslim, especially female who wear hijab, are afraid to go outside of their house. They are afraid that stangers will attack them. “The Charlie Hebdo attack increases Islamophobia in Belgium,” Sheikh Muhammad at Tamami, the imam of Masjid al Hamidin in Anderlecht, Belgium, said. Anderlecht is predominantly Muslim neighborhood.

In France, the attack towards mosque and other Islamic facilities is rising since Charlie Hebdo attack. So in other European countries.

Then, who takes the advantages of the attack towards Charlie Hebdo and hostage in kosher supermarket? Muslim clearly doesn’t take the advantages. So does government and citizen in Europe. European countries, such as UK, France and Germany is democratic, secular, tolerant and supporting freedom.

That is why, President of France Francois Hollande and German Counselor Angela Merkel must neutralize the attack towards Charlie Hebdo and anti-Islamic rally in order not to become inter-religious conflict. “The attackers of Charlie Hebdo in Paris are not related to Islam,” Hollande said. “The rally is conducted by people who do not respect diversity in Germany,” Merkel said.

Those who take the advantages from Charlie Hebdo attack and the burning of mosques are radicalism and extremism groups. Radicalism and extremism are ideology. Ideology which allows any ways to reach a target. The action that justify any means gives birth to terrorism.

In Europe, the radical and extrimist come from both Muslim and non-Muslim. The cause varies. In German, for instance, about 18,000 people who attented anti-Islamic rally were furious due to economic downturn. They are disappointed as they cannot compete with Muslim immigrants. They are racist. They may also hate the behavior of hardline Islam which cause terror everywhere.

Radical and extremist also appear in Germany. They maybe small in number, but they inflict losses to 3 million of Muslim in Germany. The 3 million Muslims who lived in peace among 80 million of German citizens. German, likes any other people who live in the world, knows that radical Muslim like Al Qaeda, ISIS, Jabharu an Nasrah and others poses terror everywhere.

The attack towards Charlie Hebdo in Paris surely will raise Islamophobia in the West. The attack that killed 12 people brings more harassment towards mosques in France and other European countries.

We condemn terrorism conducted by any body from any group. Not only for the attackers of Charlie Hebdo, but also for those who publish the magazine.

Charlie Hebdo which has insulted Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) and Islamic symbols several times is also a terrorist. They are terrorizing the faith of Muslim. And also other parties such as anti-Islamic rally in Germany.

Freedom is important. However, it must be followed by responsibility. A responsibility to avoid hatred and anger. Responsibility to create peace in the middle of pluralistic people.

In this frame, we must fight radical and extremism. They are our enemy.

Sat, 17 January 2015

‘Indonesia will not join US-led coalition against IS’

General Moeldoko

General Moeldoko

Quratul-Ain Bandial

INDONESIA will not be sending troops to join the US-led coalition against the Islamic State (IS) militant group, said the chief of Indonesian National Armed Forces (TNI).

“At this moment, we don’t have any plans to send troops to join the international community in the fight against IS,” Dato Paduka Seri General Moeldoko told The Brunei Times in a recent interview.

Moeldoko made the comments shortly after Singapore announced it would be deploying equipment and personnel to join the international coalition, making it the first ASEAN nation to commit to the battle against IS forces.

However, Singapore Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen stressed that no SAF troops would be on the ground in Iraq or Syria and all assistance would operate out of neighbouring countries.

When asked whether Brunei is susceptible to the IS threat, Moeldoko said it was difficult to assess the impact because it was hard to trace the movement of IS fighters in the region.

“It’s hard to say yes and it’s hard to say no because the fighters that come back from there trying to recruit more people, they can return to their country of origin or go to a neighbouring country such as Jakarta, Singapore, Malaysia, or even to Brunei,” said the military commander.

The Brunei government has become increasingly concerned with the growing threat and reach of the extremist group, condemning its actions and calling to disrupt terrorist financing channels.

At a recent defence conference, Royal Brunei Armed Forces Commander, Pehin Datu Pekerma Jaya Major General Dato Paduka Seri Mohd Tawih Abdullah, said the IS ideology had gained traction in the region and that the ability of the group to attract Muslims from Southeast Asia remained a key challenge.

More than 40 nations have agreed to join a coalition that will be led by the United States against the Islamic State, a militant Sunni group seeking to establish an Islamic caliphate in Iraq and Syria.

According to the Jakarta-based Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict, Indonesian and Malaysian citizens fighting in Syria have formed a unit for Malay-speaking IS fighters, which analysts fear could expand their reach into Southeast Asia. Officials estimate that some 100 Indonesian nationals and about 50 Malaysians to be fighting in Syria under the IS banner.

The Brunei Times
Monday, November 17, 2014