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Malaysian comfort women in ISIS a rumour

The Star/ANN | Thursday, Oct 16, 2014

No Malaysian women were found to have joined the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (Isis) as comfort women, said Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

In a written reply to Lim Lip Eng (DAP-Segambut), Dr Ahmad Zahid said allegations that Malaysian women were involved in Jihad Al-Nikah activities there were merely rumours.

The Government, via the police, had identified 39 Malaysians involved in militant activities like Isis, of which one was a woman.

"However, that woman has been identified as the wife of one of the militants," he said in the reply yesterday.

Jihad Al-Nikah is a controversial concept that refers to women allegedly offering themselves in sexual comfort roles to fighters for the establishment of Islamic rule.

Dr Ahmad Zahid said he did not intend to pinpoint a specific law to charge the 39 Malaysians.

"If there is sufficient evidence to show their involvement in militant activities, the Government will take action based on laws like the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012, Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing Act 2001, Societies Act 1966, and the Penal Code,'' he added.

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