KUANTAN (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Malaysian women must not be duped into joining the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) as "comfort women" as there is no such thing in Islam, said Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim.
She said Islam never taught that women should become objects to satisfy the sexual lust of others and to put themselves in harm's way.
"I am very upset by news report saying that Malaysian women had joined the militants to perform 'sexual jihad'.
"I am not sure whether the report is true or not but I urge Malaysian women not to be tricked into participating. This will only tarnish the dignity of women," Rohani said on Thursday.
It was reported that police are now checking the veracity of an online news portal report that Malaysian women had joined ISIS to offer so-called Jihad Al-Nikah (sexual jihad) to militants.
Rohani said it was a shame that religion had been misused to besmirch the honour of women.
Senior intelligence sources told the Malaysian Insider news website that three Malaysian women have travelled to the Middle East as "comfort women" for the ISIS fighters.
"This concept may seem controversial but it has arisen as certain Muslim women here are showing sympathy for the ISIS struggle," an intelligence official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told the website.
One of the women, who is in her 30s, had travelled to Turkey in December last year to meet up with middlemen who helped her complete her journey to Syria via land routes, said the official.
Another Malaysian woman in her 40s is believed to have linked up with ISIS forces sometime in April this year, the official added.