Mahathir Mohamad, Malaysia's former prime minister, says it is "not surprising" that some "misled Malaysians" are taken in by the rhetoric of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS).

On how to combat support of ISIL in the country, the former leader says that it is important to think about the cause. "If you say it is not Islamic, then it must be political", Mahathir adds.

The former PM also comments on the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party's proposal to introduce an Islamic criminal code, known as Hudud law, that would impose harsher punishments in the country's courts that govern its Muslim population.

Mahathir says this is "un-Islamic in a multiracial, multireligious country".

Watch more from Mehdi Hasan's interview with Mahathir Mohamad in which they discuss Mahathir's political ambitions, his legacy and the future of Malaysia under its current leadership.

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Source: Al Jazeera