Govt to fund proposed anti-terrorism centre

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 03 Apr 2003

THE Government will fund the South-East Asian Region for Counter-Terrorism Centre, which is to be set up in the country. 

Deputy Defence Minister Datuk Mohd Shafie Apdal said the centre would benefit the country in terms of training, technology transfer, skills and exchange of information on terrorist activities with the United States and other countries. 

“It will help improve the country’s capability in fighting terrorist groups,” he told Dr James Dawos Mamit (BN - Mambong). 

To Dawos’ supplementary question on whether the US would fund the centre, he said: “We do not rule out the likelihood of the centre getting aid from the US.” 

He also said that although the Government strongly condemned the US-led war on Iraq, it did not mean that efforts to fight terrorists in the region were no longer necessary. 

Later, he told reporters at the lobby that the Government was in the early stages of discussing the establishment of the proposed centre, which might be located in Kuala Lumpur. 

Mohd Shafie said trainers will most likely be Americans and Britons who are well-versed in terrorist networks.  

Earlier, he said the US contributed RM3.15mil to Malaysia through the International Military and Education Training last year. 

“For this year, the US has allocated RM3.04mil,” he added. 

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