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A Handbook of Terrorism and Insurgency in Southeast Asia

A Handbook of Terrorism and Insurgency in Southeast Asia

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Edited by Andrew T.H. Tan

This timely and significant book seeks to explain the deep-seated complexities of terrorism and insurgency in Southeast Asia. In the aftermath of 9/11, this region has been designated by the United States to be the ‘second front’ in the war on terrorism. Yet despite the emergence of this ‘new’ global terrorism, the authors argue that armed rebellion in Southeast Asia is a phenomenon that predates Al Qaeda and the global Jihadist movement and that much can be learned from the motivations behind it.

Chapter 9: Al-Ma’unah and KMM in Malaysia

Elina Noor

Subjects: asian studies, asian development, development studies, asian development, development economics, economics and finance, development economics, politics and public policy, terrorism and security

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Elina Noor On 2 July 2000, a group of 201 members of the Brotherhood of the alMa’unah Inner Power dressed in military fatigues, complete with assigned ranks, packed into three olive green four-wheel-drive vehicles and pushed off from their base camp at Bukit Jenalik, Perak for an unspecified project. The men were only informed by their leader, Mohamed Amin Mohamed Razali, that they would be collecting ‘packed’ weapons from the military. Between midnight and nearly 5 a.m., the group robbed forward Post 2 in Grik, Perak and the Territorial Army’s 304th Battalion camp, also in Grik, of 116 different firearms and approximately 7000 rounds of ammunition.2 The cache included M16s, M203 grenade launchers, light machine guns, general purpose machine guns, Steyrs, tracer bullets, harnesses and trip flares.3 That same night, Amin fired an M203 at a cable tower in Lata Kekabu with the intention of plunging the whole state of Perak into complete darkness. He then armed three al-Ma’unah members with an M16 and an M203, and sent them back to the group’s headquarters in Kelang, Selangor to target a Hindu temple in Batu Caves, Selangor, and the refineries of Carlsberg and Guinness Stout & Anchor in Shah Alam and Sungai Way, respectively. News of the operation was then meant to be posted on the group’s website. Amin’s ultimate plan was to wreak havoc and topple the government through violent means to establish an ‘Islamic state’. Five months later, members of a local militant group – Kumpulan Mujahideen Malaysia,...

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