Edited by Andrew T.H. Tan
Chapter 9: Al-Ma’unah and KMM in Malaysia
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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