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Wednesday August 11, 2010

Anti-terrorism academy proposed for Langkawi

LANGKAWI: An academy will be set up on the island to fight terrorism and other global crimes, said Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein.

He said the ministry had agreed to use the spacious 202ha Langkawi International Shooting Range here as the centre for the proposed academy.

“The shooting range will be used as a training ground, a research centre and to host meetings by enforcement and intelligence agencies from around the world.

“The ministry is currently fine-tuning the proposal, which will be presented to the Cabinet soon,” he told reporters after chairing a meeting with department leaders and heads of agencies and the police here yesterday.

He said the academy would focus on applying the latest techniques to fight terrorism, human trafficking, drug smuggling, money laundering, cyber crime, biological warfare and the use of explosives.

“The academy will also study new crime trends and identify criminal types,” he said, adding that the ministry would seek foreign assistance to set up the academy.

The academy, which will also have facilities for sports, recreation, administration and simulation exercises, will be managed by a chairman and a board of directors.

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