Malaysia ready to amp up international counter-terrorism efforts

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 14 Feb 2018

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia is ready to enhance its cooperation with other countries in the Global Coalition against Daesh to strengthen counter-terrorism efforts.

Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman said Malaysia was committed to combating the Islamic State (IS, also known as Daesh).

At a ministerial-level meeting of the global coalition in Kuwait on Tuesday (Feb 13), he said IS had moved its focus to other parts of the world, including South-East Asia, and is using new methods after defeats in Iraq and Syria.

“The loss of territory would certainly make digital and virtual communications more important for them in order to spread their false ideology and distorted narratives globally,” Anifah said.

He said Malaysia's proactive efforts in combating terrorism were effective as authorities have foiled several attempted attacks.

“At the same time, the record shows that Malaysia's integrated deradicalisation programme has achieved a tremendously high success rate, with the majority of terrorists and extremists now fully rehabilitated and reintegrated into society,” Anifah added.

He voiced Malaysia's resolute support in further strengthening the global coalition and welcomed its guiding principles.

“Malaysia is ready to further enhance cooperation with like-minded countries in counter-terrorism efforts including developing counter-narratives and other programmes as part of our initiatives to combat terrorism, violent extremism, and radicalisation,” he said.

The Global Coalition against Daesh was formed in September 2014 based on the global concern over IS and the security threat it poses.

The meeting, which hosted by Kuwait's deputy prime minister and foreign minister Sheikh Sabah Khalid Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, is aimed at intensifying the campaign to defeat IS.