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 countrys 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.