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October 3, 2016: A female medical student who is the latest Malaysian to join Islamic State in Syria informed her mother in a letter that she went to the war-torn region to “wage jihad,” the chief of Malaysia’s counter-terrorist police branch told BenarNews.
The 25-year-old woman is among only three Malaysians who have traveled abroad this year to join IS’s ranks in the Middle East, although one of them was deported from Turkey last week, Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said.
“I can confirm as of [September], only three have left for Syria. One has been detained and sent back here,” Ayob told Benar.
The woman, a student at a medical laboratory college in Kuala Lumpur, left for Syria on Aug. 29, and sent her mother a letter saying she hoped that her jihadist efforts would help her parents reach heaven, according to the head of the police’s counter-terrorist special branch.
“If the situation allows, I will contact you, be patient mother, there will be time where no more laws and regulations by the unbelievers. Islam will win and the Sharia law will be spread all over the world. Do not be sad mother, be patient, be patient for Allah,” she wrote, according to an excerpt from the letter that was printed in a police report seen by BenarNews.
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The student enclosed the title to her car as well as other personal documents, and told her mother not to tell anyone about her “migration” if she loved her, Ayob said.
The letter stated that she wanted to die a martyr and live under the “true Islamic ruler” in Syria. It surprised her mother because the daughter had never shown an inclination toward militancy, according to Ayob.
He said the woman’s family learned that she had left her studies, after a lecturer called to say she had failed to attend her internship at a general hospital in the state of Negeri Sembilan, beginning on Aug. 25.
“Even then, they were not aware that she had left the country until the mother received a letter from her daughter in early September,” Ayob said. “She is the first woman this year who left the country to join IS.”
Investigators determined the woman was affected by the deaths of her father in 2006 and her boyfriend in 2013. She became a loner who often listened to religious songs and used her savings to buy a one-way ticket to Syria, Ayob said.
‘Others brought their wives and little children along’
According to Ayob, 58 Malaysians are with IS in Syria or Iraq.
Since 2013, as many as 90 Malaysians have joined the extremist group, of which 24 are believed to have been killed in battle and eight were arrested and charged with terror-related offenses after returning home from the Middle East, Ayob said.
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Those who are still with IS in that region consist of 32 men, 10 women and 16 are children.
“Some went there alone while others brought their wives and little children along,” Ayob said.
Included among those who departed for Syria in 2016 is a 20-year-old engineering student from a university in the southern state of Johor. Turkish authorities sent him home on Sept. 22, after they caught him while he tried to cross into Syria to join IS, Ayob said. The student had left Malaysia on Sept. 7.
“We are detaining him under SOSMA [the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act of 2012],” Ayob said.
Another Malaysian, a 21-year-old business management and economics student from Pahang state, left his university in Perak for Syria on June 6, according to the counter-terror official.
Since 2013, the Malaysian government has pursued suspected IS members and sympathizers to stem the group’s influence in Malaysia and prevent it from radicalizing and recruiting youths.
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During that time, authorities have arrested at least 230 suspected IS members and have warned that Malaysians returning from combat stints in Syria or Iraq could launch terrorist attacks at home. At least 75 alleged IS members have been charged in court.
In late June, IS claimed its first terrorist attack in Malaysia when two motorcyclists threw a hand grenade that exploded outside a nightclub in Puchong, Selangor, injuring eight people.(BenarNews)
The pandemic brought about a global boom of entrepreneurship in 2020. Thousands of small businesses launched in the UK last year, and many were very successful. Some businesses started as passion projects, while others aimed to fill a hole in the pandemic market. Services and products, like at-home workouts, popped up all over social media from new and exciting businesses. The pandemic left many Brits financially unstable and scared for the future of their career. Launching their own business gave them something to focus on again and a small amount of income.
The Financial Times reported that the number of registered companies in the UK increased by 30% in 2020. As the world returns to normal, it will be interesting to see how these new businesses approach the post-pandemic world.
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If you have just set up a new business, here are some essential marketing tips to get the ball rolling:
Exploit social media
Social media is one of the most effective marketing platforms available. You can connect with a global audience for free and market your product or service to them. Post consistently and use high-quality imaging to catch your audience's attention. Engage with potential customers by replying to direct messages, comments, shares and likes. Use a few platforms to maximise your exposure and create a strong brand identity.
You can connect with a global audience for free and market your product or service to them. | Photo by Alexander Shatov on Unsplash
Network as much as you can
Networking is a vital part of business, and you can do it on and offline. Use sites like LinkedIn to connect with fellow entrepreneurs and those in different industries. Reach out to them directly and ask about their company or role. You might be surprised by how much you can learn from one conversation. Once in-person events return, you should look to make the most out of meeting people in your industry. You might find brands to collaborate with or a mentor to learn from. Make sure to hand out your business cards at the event so people can get in touch with you in the future.
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Create a blog
You need to be an expert in your industry. Create a blog and share your journey of learning to be a business owner. You can share your expertise and why you started the company, which other entrepreneurs can read and learn from. Your knowledge and experience might be extremely helpful for those just starting out. Use a range of marketing techniques to launch your business into the next phase.
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One of Indias fast growing Direct To Consumer (DTC) beauty and personal care brands, MyGlamm, launches its national TVC around the message 'All Natural #NoNasties today with actress Shraddha Kapoor, who is also an investor in the brand.
Kapoor who has a great millennial and Gen Z connect introduces 'My SUPERFOODS Kajal' which has No Parabens, No Mineral Oils, No Nasties while still being long-lasting and smudge-free and made with the goodness of nature. This is followed by many girls trying applying the kajal with confidence and while highlighting the ingredients Avocado Oil, Goji Berries, Vitamin E and Sunflower Seed Oil.
Commenting on the campaign, Apratim Majumder, CMO, MyGlamm says "Women have been telling us about what they want from their beauty products for a while now. Wikimedia Commons
The brand focuses on creating quality products that are high efficacy made with all-natural and no chemicals in the formulae. his campaign follows the #TellMyGlammWhatYouWant campaign where women logged in to tell the company what they wanted from their beauty products. It aims to establish a beauty democracy by giving consumers the power to tell the brand what they want thus changing the entire experience of how women buy beauty products in India.
Commenting on the campaign, Apratim Majumder, CMO, MyGlamm says "Women have been telling us about what they want from their beauty products for a while now. We have been innovating to serve those needs with products. When they told us that they want a kajal that is not only long-lasting and smudge-proof but also takes care of their eyes, we knew we had to do this. The campaign is about telling everyone out there who told us they need a kajal that cares, MyGlamm Superfoods Kajal is here for you! The campaign debued on MyGlamm's social channels- YouTube & Instagram on September 16. (IANS/ MBI)
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Phishing attacks targeting organisations rose up considerably during the pandemic, as millions of employees working from home became a prime target for cybercriminals. A large majority (83 per cent) of IT teams in India said the number of phishing emails targeting their employees increased during 2020, according to a report by UK-based cybersecurity firm Sophos on Monday.
"It can be tempting for organisations to see phishing attacks as a relatively low-level threat, but that underestimates their power. Phishing is often the first step in a complex, multi-stage attack. According to Sophos Rapid Response, attackers frequently use phishing emails to trick users into installing malware or sharing credentials that provide access to the corporate network," Sophos' Principal Research Scientist, Chester Wisniewski said in a statement. The findings also reveal that there is a lack of common understanding about the definition of phishing. For instance, 67 per cent of IT teams in India associate phishing with emails that falsely claim to be from a legitimate organisation, and which are usually combined with a threat or request for information.
The findings also reveal that there is a lack of common understanding about the definition of phishing. | Pixabay
As many as 61 per cent consider Business Email Compromise (BEC) attacks to be phishing, and half of the respondents (50 per cent) think threadjacking - when attackers insert themselves into a legitimate email thread as part of an attack - is phishing. Most of the organisations in India (98 per cent) have implemented cybersecurity awareness programmes to combat phishing. Respondents said they use computer-based training programmes (67 per cent), human-led training programmes (60 per cent), and phishing simulations (51 per cent).
Four-fifths of Indian organisations assess the impact of their awareness programme through the number of phishing-related tickets raised with IT, followed by the level of reporting of phishing emails by users (77 per cent) and click rates on phishing emails (60 per cent). All the organisations surveyed (100 per cent) in Delhi, Hyderabad, and Kolkata say they have a cybersecurity awareness programme in place. This was followed by Chennai where 97 per cent have such programmes, and then, Bengaluru and Mumbai at 96 per cent each. (IANS/ MBI)
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