Saudi aid to curb ter­ror

> Malaysia may adopt pro­gramme to re­ha­bil­i­tate ex­trem­ists

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

RIYADH: Malaysia is pre­pared to em­u­late Saudi Ara­bia and im­ple­ment a de­rad­i­cal­i­sa­tion pro­gramme to fight ter­ror­ism and re­ha­bil­i­tate ex­trem­ists.

Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi, who is also home min­is­ter, said the mat­ter would be dis­cussed with the rel­e­vant par­ties dur­ing his visit.

Be­ing lo­cated near coun­tries of­ten as­so­ci­ated with ter­ror­ism and mil­i­tants, Malaysia could share Saudi Ara­bia’s ex­pe­ri­ence in im­ple­ment­ing the pro­gramme, he said.

Speak­ing to Malaysian jour­nal­ists on ar­rival here on Wed­nes­day for a five-day of­fi­cial visit, Ah­mad Zahid said he would learn and share his ex­pe­ri­ence on the pro­gramme.

He was sched­uled to visit the Mo­ham­mad Bin Naif Coun­selling and Care Cen­tre here yes­ter­day.

Ah­mad Zahid also said Malaysia has iden­ti­fied sev­eral new in­fra­struc­ture projects in Saudi Ara­bia that can be car­ried out in part­ner­ship by com­pa­nies from both coun­tries, Ber­nama re­ported.

Among the projects were con­struc­tion of roads, par­tic­u­larly in Mecca and Jed­dah.

Malaysia is also keen to forge smart part­ner­ships in­volv­ing Malaysian and Saudi Ara­bian com­pa­nies in the con­struc­tion of other in­fra­struc­ture.

“This will not only ben­e­fit Malaysian com­pa­nies, but also con­trib­ute in terms of ex­per­tise in tech­ni­cal fields,” he said.

This was prompted by the suc­cess of Prasarana Malaysia Bd in han­dling Makkah Metro and the ex­cel­lent ser­vice of the com­pany be­ing lauded by the Saudi gov­ern­ment.

... Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Mul­ti­me­dia Min­is­ter Salleh Said Keruak speak­ing to Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak dur­ing the 28th Mul­ti­me­dia Su­per Cor­ri­dor Im­ple­men­ta­tion Coun­cil Meet­ing in Per­dana Pu­tra in Putrajaya yes­ter­day.

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