KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 21 ― The federal government and Islamic authorities must shutter Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Madinah (MEDIU) immediately, the Umno Veterans Association of Malaysia demanded tonight.
The political group’s secretary-general Datuk Mustapha Yaakub claimed that the Shah Alam, Selangor institution is not a branch of the famous Islamic University of al-Madinah al-Munawarah in Medina established by the Saudi royal family, but a private one breeding militants that sought to camouflage its clandestine activities under a similar name.
“Veterans do not want MEDIU to become a breeding ground for ISIS and Wahabbism in this country,” he said in a statement to express the association’s shock at the recent police disclosure that two students from the university were arrested on suspicion of involvement with Islamic State (IS) terror activities.
The IS terror network is also called ISIS and Daesh by others while Wahabbism is an ultra conservative strain of the Sunni Islam group that is said to be spread by the Saudi government globally.
Mustapha has previously alleged the the belief to be against the mainstream Sunni school recognised by Malaysia and called for it to be curbed.
“The arrests prove MEDIU is a nest of dangerous IS agents,” he said.
Mustapha also cast doubt on MEDIU’s accreditation status and urged the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) to immediately investigate its status and if it has abided by the conditions, including student recruitment, subjects offered and taught there.
“Veterans also urge MOHE, MAIS and His Highness the Selangor Sultan to take stern action against MEDIU, including revoking its licence and shutting its operation in this country,” he said.
MAIS is the Malay acronym for the Selangor Islamic Council, which advises the state Ruler on religious issues.
He insisted that the government’s counter-IS actions were meaningless if Wahabbism is allowed to spread.
“Do not let what happened in Syria, Yemen and Iraq happen in this country. Act now before it’s too late. Malaysian and Muslims here cannot afford to face the destruction that have happened in those countries.
“Remember that not everyone here is Muslim. If it happens, the Malays will be destroyed,” he added. – Malay Mail Online