MP fears Azahari may have tarnished our name

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 15 Nov 2005

THE Foreign Ministry should take firm measures to ensure that Malaysia is not associated with bomb-makers and terrorists, said a backbencher. 

Ahmad Shabery Cheek (BN – Kemaman) expressed concern that the country’s reputation could be tarnished following the death of Malaysian bomb-maker Dr Azahari Husin in Indonesia last Wednesday. 

“It is important to explain that our country is not a place where bomb-makers are born, or a base for them,” he said while debating the 2006 Budget. 

He said Malaysia had set up the South-East Asia Regional Centre for Counter Terrorism (SEARCCT), and asked whether other member countries had shared their expertise with Malaysia. 

Ahmad Shabery also asked if the RM4.5mil allocation for anti-terrorism was sufficient. 

In reply, Deputy Foreign Minister Datuk Joseph Salang Gandum said Dr Azahari was a member of Jemaah Islamiah whose activities were monitored by other countries. 

He added that the RM4.5mil allocation was sufficient for the moment. 

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