The Government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam continuously ensures the Brunei Darussalam is free from any threat against peace, harmony and security of the nation.

In this respect, the Internal Security Department, ISD, has issued a Detention Order under Section 3(1) (a) of the Internal Security Act Chapter 133 in April 2018 on a local, aged 42, for the involvement in extremism and terrorism related activities.

I-S-D's investigation has revealed that he has undergone self-radicalisation beginning in 2014 after learning of the Syrian conflict including the existence of the Daesh terror group, also commonly known as Islamic State, while searching the internet for more information on the conflict. He was found to have acquires a lot of information through the group's propaganda materials which among others contained deliberately misinterpreted Islamic teachings and hadis. Among the materials was a hadith on 'The Great Battle' or known in its Arabic term as 'Al-Malhama Al-Kubra' which made him believe that the existence of Daesh as apart of a fulfilment to the hadis. He was found to be highly obsessed with the ideology of Daesh and considered himself to have pledged allegiance ('bai'ah') to its leader. He was also made deceived by the concept of jihad or martyrdom disseminated by Daesh which made him harbour intentions to migrate with his family to Syria to live under the so-called 'Islamic Caliphate'.

ISD's investigation also found that he had tried to change the public's negative perception of Daesh by sharing propaganda materials with the people around him so that the group can be accepted. At the same time, he had also uploaded information about Brunei Darussalam through several social media platforms that may jeopardise the country's security with the intention to attract militants and supporters of Daesh outside the country. He also made a financial contribution to a Daesh affiliated individual based in a foreign country.

ISD's action against the individual is a preventive measure to prevent him from further putting the country's security at risk. It also further shows His Majesty the Sultan's Government's policy of not tolerating any element associated with extremism and terrorism. At the same time, it is also a testament to the high level of commitment and cooperation between local and foreign security services in combating any activity that could affect public order and national security.

ISD would like to advise the public to exercise caution when using the internet and social media and to be aware of contents that are extreme and radical in nature. The public is also reminded to be cautious in offering donations and assistance to individuals and organisations not authorised by the authorities. In this regard the public may report any suspicious activity related to extremism or terrorism or any information involving national security by contacting ISA via Hotline: 133 or E-mail: isd133@kdn.gov.bn

Source: Radio Television Brunei