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IS debuts first ‘Malay-language newspaper’
Published:  Jul 11, 2016 2:05 AM
Updated: 3:39 AM

In what seems to be an effort to attract more supporters from the region, terror group Islamic State (IS) has come out with its first so-called Malay language newspaper.

Published by Furat Media, the newspaper Al Fatihin: Surat Kabar bagi Muhajirin Berbahasa Melayu di Daulah Islamiyyah is full of propaganda and news on the group’s activities.

Al Fatihin (the conqueror) seems to be adapted from the militant group’s weekly newsletter al Naba, which is originally in Arabic.

Utusan Online claimed that it managed to download the newspaper in full. But the item in question can no longer be found.

Al Fatihin was purportedly uploaded by a person with the username '600zaza' on June 20 on the Internet Archive website.

The newspaper may boast that it is written in Malay, but it is peppered with typos such as penaklukkan, kendaraan, and surat kabar.

And the use of words such as operasi militer and distrik shows elements of the Indonesian language as opposed to the Malay language.

This is not the first time IS has tried reaching out to people from both Malaysia and Indonesia.

A Malaysian fighting in Syria threatened Malaysian police in its propaganda video released last month.

Apart from warning Bukit Aman, the video showed the man and two others decapitating three captives.

Meanwhile, inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar last week confirmed there were IS elements involved in the grenade blast at the Movida nightclub in Puchong on June 28.

The police initially ruled out terrorism, saying it could be a gang-related attack. However, a Facebook user, linked to IS militant Muhammad Wanndy Mohamed Jedi, posted that IS was responsible for the attack.

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