Gerakan VP: Deradicalisation of youth requires a counter-narrative


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 15 Nov 2016

PETALING JAYA: A hard-line approach alone is not the answer to tackling youth radicalisation, said Datuk Dr Asharuddin Ahmad.

The Gerakan vice president said this would only be responding to the symptoms without correcting the underlying causes.

"It is best to introduce preventive measures that offer education, social and cultural integration, positive role models and a sense of belonging," he said in a statement on Tuesday.

Dr. Asharuddin was concerned about a revelation that 80% of 240 people arrested for involvement in the Islamic State were young people aged below 40 years old.

He said that dedicated and centralized efforts to offer a counter-narrative is needed to promote Islam as a religion of peace and moderation as well as to rectify misconception against Islam and Muslims.

He added that the onus of taking on the Islamic State ideology and stop the radicalisation of youth does not lie only on the government, police or intelligence agencies, but also on the society leaders, community, and family.

He said Malaysia should look at the best practice by its international counterparts for early intervention measures that target youth at risk of radicalisation.

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