AN EMAIL MESSAGE TO ME FROM AN OLD FRIEND FROM THE NEW STRAITS TIMES SINGAPORE.
Dear Tan Sri Sanusi,
I hope this note finds you well.
As I briefly mentioned in my recent telephone text message to you, I am currently the Senior Regional Correspondent for The Straits Times of Singapore and cover political and economic developments in Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand.
I have long been researching the regional Islamic groups and recently completed an article on the tenth anniversary of the discovery of Jemaah Islamiyah and the changing face of militancy in the region.
As you may be aware, the Indonesian security agencies have embarked on a campaign to combat the spread of hard-line radicalisation among the Muslims in the country and these efforts include the publication of critically researched books and reports on jihadism in Indonesia.
A recently published book entitled NII Sampai JI, Salafy Jihadisme di Indonesia by Solahudin, who is widely regarded in Indonesia as a foremost expert, draws many links to Malaysia.
The book has also been acclaimed by Indonesian experts as the most definite work on the militant Islam in Indonesia and the region.
Apart from how Abu Bakar Bashyir and Abdullah Sungkar established Malaysia as their base to sow the seeds of the grouping that would become Jemmah Islamiyah, the book also refers to your links with several leaders of the Islamic movement in Indonesia.