KUALA LUMPUR — December 13, 2015: The government has appointed 24 local de-radicalisation and counter-terrorism experts to help address radicalism and militancy nationally and globally in a holistic manner.
This decision was taken after 123 Malaysians were found to be linked with the IS militant group or Daesh terrorists and their networks in Syria and Iraq.
Sixty-six of them were identified to be in Syria to fight alongside the IS.
In his speech to launch the ‘Islamic State Seminar: Jihad vs Militancy’ here today, Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed said that in view of the large number of Malaysians involved, the issue must be handled carefully and systematically.
“Apart from aspects of disrupting operations, the counter-narrative or de-radicalisation programmes should be emphasised by the government to curb rampant radicalism,” he said.
According to Nur Jazlan, Malaysians should concentrate on other forms of jihad which include knowledge, religion, economics, Islamic laws and morals which could elevate their contributions in the eyes of the world.
The one day seminar organised by the National Security Council and Prime Minister’s Department, was attended by 500 participants including civil servants and undergraduates.
Nur Jazlan told reporters that the National Security Council Bill tabled in the Dewan Rakyat on December 1 demonstrated the government’s seriousness in handling national security issues.
For example, if anything happens at KLCC which requires for quick action, this law can be applied to declare it a security area and to ensure that fast integrated action can be taken.
Nur Jazlan said the law should not be misconstrued as an act to curtail the powers of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
He also said that his ministry is organising the International Conference on De-radicalisation and Countering Violent Extremism on January 25 and 26.
Experts and representatives from 19 countries have been invited to share their experiences and exchange ideas in addressing problems of radicalism and militancy. — Bernama