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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.
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