Madrasah Luqmanul Hakim in Ulu Tiram May Be Demolished – Johor Exco

Madrasah Luqmanul Hakim in Ulu Tiram May Be Demolished – Johor Exco

JOHOR BAHRU: The Madrasah Luqmanul Hakim in Ulu Tiram, located on Jalan Rabani, Kampung Sungai Tiram, which was previously alleged to be a site for cultivating militant and extremist ideologies, was closed in 2001.

Johor’s Executive Council Member for Islamic Affairs, Mohd Fared Mohd Khalid, stated that investigations by the Johor State Islamic Religious Council (MAINJ) and the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) have confirmed that the madrasah is no longer operational.

“I received complaints from the local community claiming that the madrasah is still being used as a teaching center by a terrorist organization. This concern has been voiced since the attack on the Ulu Tiram Police Station last Friday.

“Since the madrasah was closed more than 20 years ago, MAINJ has not received any applications to renew the registration of the center.

“Upon review, we can declare that the building no longer has any activities,” he told reporters after visiting the Balai Islam Kampung Plentong Baru on Monday.

He mentioned that the center was established by the Rohingya community and serves as a place for 113 of their children to learn about Islam.

Further elaborating, Mohd Fared said that MAINJ and PDRM will review the building’s status and are considering demolition for safety reasons, including community concerns about its potential misuse by irresponsible parties or groups.

“The local authorities (PBT) can assess the need for action based on the disturbances caused, which may lead the government to use certain powers to address these disturbances.

“I believe the government can take such measures; it would be the last resort,” he added.

On Friday, the media reported an attack on the Ulu Tiram Police Station at 2:30 a.m., resulting in the deaths of two police officers and injuries to another.

In the incident, a masked attacker dressed in dark clothing and armed with a machete, who rode a motorcycle, infiltrated and attacked the station but was shot dead at the scene.

The madrasah was reportedly a gathering site for former senior Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) leaders, including Nasir Abbas and Noordin Mat Top, the head of a radical splinter group known as Tandzim Al-Qoidah Indonesia. Both were killed in an anti-terrorism operation by Indonesia’s Special Detachment 88 in Kepuhsari, Solo, Central Java, on September 17, 2009.

The madrasah was also known to host Nasir and Noordin, along with their bomb expert associate, Dr. Azahari Hussin, as well as JI co-founders from Indonesia, Abu Bakar Bashir and Abdullah Sungkar.

Located beside a road and far from local residences, the madrasah is approximately 19 kilometers from Johor Bahru city center and near the home of the suspect who attacked the police station.

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