Shed no tears for Wanndy, say villagers

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ALOR GAJAH: The death of Southeast Asia’s Islamic State (Daesh) militant leader Muhammad Wanndy Mohamed Jedi, 26, should not be mourned as he himself had chosen the wayward path of terrorism, according to villagers in Bukit Tambun, Durian Tunggal, where Wanndy had come from.

Some of the villagers met by Bernama were, in fact, not at all shocked by news of his death in a drone strike in Raqqa, Syria on April 29, and saw it as fated for someone who chose the wrong path of IS terrorism.

Bukit Tambun Village Security and Development Committee (JKKK) chairman Mustami Ali, 61, said Wanndy’s family had moved out of the village quite some time ago and while living in the village, he hardly mixed with the other residents.

“To me, Wanndy’s death has some good. It came before he could destroy the villagers’ thinking with the deviant ideology that he had embraced.

“His (Wanndy) parents had died a long time ago, while his wife and family had moved to another place…the only thing left is this house,” said Mustami while pointing to a red terraced house.

Bernama found the house belonging to Wanndy’s family in Kampung Bukit Tambun to be unoccupied and according to some villagers, the family no longer lived in the village.

Kampung Bukit Tambun Surau Committee member Mohd Dian Ismail, 69, said the villagers had no plans to hold a “tahlil” for Wanndy’s death as he was not a hero of the nation.

“Wanndy had smeared the good name of this village, so why should we bother with him? I hope that what happened to him could serve as a lesson to the villagers and the public in general not to follow the IS struggle as it is clearly wrong,” he opined.

Dian said before Wanndy went to Syria, he had seen the man coming to his coffee shop three times, but the latter kept to himself and did not speak to any of the other customers.

A retiree, who wished to be identified only as Azmi, 56, said he had never seen Wanndy coming to the village surau or participating in village activities.

“To me, Wanndy was a mysterious person as he hardly mingled with the rest, hence many of the villagers here did not know him.

“But suddenly, his name appeared in the media, reporting that he was Southeast Asia’s IS militant leader and that he came from Durian Tunggal.

“If it was something good about him in the media reports, it could have enhanced this village’s good name. But no, he had tarnished its good name,” he said.