Hornbill Unleashed

August 23, 2016

Survey: Most uni students don’t know IS

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 9:01 PM

The danger is bigger when one does not know one’s enemy and it is thus worrying when a survey shows that Malaysians tertiary students are clueless about the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group.

Many of them are for an Islamic state but thinks that the violence of IS is wrong.

The Star reported that a Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) research which sampled university students from Peninsular Malaysia discovered that “almost all survey respondents did not really understand IS”.

“Some were unable to identify if IS was a Sunni, Shia, Salafi or Sufi group,” said University Utara Malaysia (UUM) political lecturer and researcher Dr Mohd Azizuddin Mohd Sani.

Additionally, the research which sampled university students from peninsular Malaysia discovered that more than 80% rejected the terror group, which is also known as Daesh.

The study, commissioned by the youth and Sports Ministry with a team of six, took samples from four regions in the peninsula – north, east, central and south – with 320 respondents from each region.

It gathered data from 1,280 respondents studying in both private and public tertiary institutions, reported The Star.

The report also stated that while they do not accept the IS’ brutality, there were some who who feel that the IS is part of the Western propaganda or part of Mossad’s (Israel’s intelligence agency) ploy.

What is worrying also, according to the report is that most respondents generally have little knowledge of what’s going on in Syria and the world, and rely primarily on social media for news.

While some results of the survey – such as not reading news or only knowing what was happening through social media – is not surprising, it is indeed worrying, for the university students are the main target of IS recruiters.

It is at the tertiary years that students question their beliefs and experiment in joining the groups which they feel may be their salvation. For those who may not have had a strong grounding in Islam, it is easy to fall for the teachings which may be attractive but deviate from the right values of the religion.

Many of the Malaysians who have joined IS are educated people and many are youths who were looking for guidance and teachers, and who believe that Islamic state must be formed by any means.

It had nothing to do with politics, and those Malaysians recruited by IS came from the poor and the rich, the elite and the non-elite., and from all states.

Now, looking at the survey, perhaps a number of those who joined IS may have not known what they had signed up for, and may have not realised what they were joining were extreme terrorists.

Perhaps, it would be good, once the survey is published, for the Youth and Sport Ministry to team up with the Education and Higher Education Ministries to work out ways of informing students at all levels of what terrorists are about.

It should not just be IS, but any form of extremism, which leads to disorder, have no values and take lives – be it racial, religious or patriotism.

Students are the future of the country, and if we have an ignorant generation who will take over this country, then we have to do something about it now.

The danger is bigger when one does not know one’s enemy and it is thus worrying when a survey shows that Malaysians tertiary students are clueless about the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group.

Many of them are for an Islamic state but thinks that the violence of IS is wrong.

The Star reported that a Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) research which sampled university students from Peninsular Malaysia discovered that “almost all survey respondents did not really understand IS”.

“Some were unable to identify if IS was a Sunni, Shia, Salafi or Sufi group,” said University Utara Malaysia (UUM) political lecturer and researcher Dr Mohd Azizuddin Mohd Sani.

Additionally, the research which sampled university students from peninsular Malaysia discovered that more than 80% rejected the terror group, which is also known as Daesh.

The study, commissioned by the youth and Sports Ministry with a team of six, took samples from four regions in the peninsula – north, east, central and south – with 320 respondents from each region.

It gathered data from 1,280 respondents studying in both private and public tertiary institutions, reported The Star.

The report also stated that while they do not accept the IS’ brutality, there were some who who feel that the IS is part of the Western propaganda or part of Mossad’s (Israel’s intelligence agency) ploy.

What is worrying also, according to the report is that most respondents generally have little knowledge of what’s going on in Syria and the world, and rely primarily on social media for news.

While some results of the survey – such as not reading news or only knowing what was happening through social media – is not surprising, it is indeed worrying, for the university students are the main target of IS recruiters.

It is at the tertiary years that students question their beliefs and experiment in joining the groups which they feel may be their salvation. For those who may not have had a strong grounding in Islam, it is easy to fall for the teachings which may be attractive but deviate from the right values of the religion.

Many of the Malaysians who have joined IS are educated people and many are youths who were looking for guidance and teachers, and who believe that Islamic state must be formed by any means.

It had nothing to do with politics, and those Malaysians recruited by IS came from the poor and the rich, the elite and the non-elite., and from all states.

Now, looking at the survey, perhaps a number of those who joined IS may have not known what they had signed up for, and may have not realised what they were joining were extreme terrorists.

Perhaps, it would be good, once the survey is published, for the Youth and Sport Ministry to team up with the Education and Higher Education Ministries to work out ways of informing students at all levels of what terrorists are about.

It should not just be IS, but any form of extremism, which leads to disorder, have no values and take lives – be it racial, religious or patriotism.

Students are the future of the country, and if we have an ignorant generation who will take over this country, then we have to do something about it now.


The Heat Malaysia Online


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